6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide


Last week we discussed the digital divide , and today I thought we could explore some practical strategies that teachers, as individuals, can adopt in an effort to bridge the digital divide in their classrooms. We all read about glamorous examples of 1:1 programs where students enjoy an almost Utopian relationship with their school and teachers via a host of remarkable digital tools. 59% of teachers feel the digital tools they use frequently are effective.

Digital Divide


Is there a digital divide in our schools? Before we get into the importance of the digital divide in schools, what is the digital divide? A digital divide is a gap between different demographics and regions in the world that have access to technology and those who doesn’t. According to Mary Beth Hertz, who is an art/ technology teacher in Philadelphia, there is an entertainment vs empowerment divide.


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Conquering the digital divide at school–and at home

eSchool News

The digital divide is proving one of the most pervasive and stubborn challenges in U.S. Related content: Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide. Even when families have one device at home, that device is often a smartphone, which isn’t conducive to completing homework or doing research. Related Content: eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide. The eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide is here!

7 Shifts to Closing the Digital Divide


Smartphones have been around for 10 years now, but in education, the shifts are vastly different within our classrooms. How can we close this digital divide? According to the US Department of Education , there are seven ways to help close the digital divide. Using apps like Buncee , Adobe Spark , Aurasma, and Pic Collage make it so easy for students to use their digital skills in creative ways.

Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

For years policymakers have fretted about the “digital divide,” that poor students are less likely to have computers and high-speed internet at home than rich students. When it comes to mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, the gap has virtually vanished. “Access to hardware is less of an issue,” said Kevin Clark, director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity at George Mason University.

We're Closing the Digital Divide. Now Let's End the Participation Gap.


First some good news: the divide in access to digital devices is decreasing. School districts across the country are upgrading networks and integrating more classroom technology, and smartphones have become increasingly ubiquitous across socioeconomic lines. Educators are beginning to take note of a new problem: a digital participation divide. Previously, the digital participation divide seemed to revolve around access time.

PROOF POINTS: 10,000 student study points to kindergarteners who may become heavy screen users

The Hechinger Report

Morgan suspects that parents of hyperactive or aggressive children are unintentionally reinforcing the habit of using a smartphone or a tablet. Columnists Digital Divide Elementary to High School Jill Barshay News Early Education online screen time

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Study highlights plight of students with only one device at home

eSchool News

The digital divide is proving one of the most pervasive and stubborn challenges in U.S. Even when families have one device at home, that device is often a smartphone, which isn’t conducive to completing homework or doing research. The report, “ The Digital Divide and Educational Equity ,” looks at the 14 percent of ACT-tested students who said they had access to only one device at home.

3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology


For those on the more privileged side of the digital divide, it’s easy to take access to personal computers, tablets, smartphones and the internet for granted. Featured Updates digital divide edtech featured funding resources technology web resourcesThere’s no question that technology is fundamentally changing the way we teach and learn. But increasing technological ubiquity doesn’t mean equality in terms of access and quality.

Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

PEW Research recently published a study that showed a growing number of lower-income Americans access the internet solely through a smartphone. What are the implications for education as teachers and schools move to more digital practices in their institutions? Limited access to the internet or other resources is what we often call the “ Digital Divide ;” it often impacts students who are low-income, especially those in rural areas.

Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

Students Adonis Scott (left), and Donavin Haugen (right) use their smartphones to sign up for an online review quiz. I have guidelines for cellphone and smartphone use, but it’s a constant struggle to keep kids engaged in lessons and off their phones. I’m not alone in feeling frustrated at Fern Creek, where many teachers are stumped about how to deal with student cellphone and smartphone use. Related : A class of teenagers gave up smartphones for a week, and lived.

Tools and strategies to make remote learning click for all students


While there are video and audio tools that help bridge the physical distance, your communications strategy needs to include cognizance of the digital divide and your students’ access to these tools. Read more: 6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide.

Celly Launches New Service and Android App for Building Mobile Social Networks

Educational Technology Guy

With the relentless barrage of emails, websites, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google+ notifications we all receive on a daily basis, a simple, short, and concise text message cuts through all the noise of our digital lifestyles,” said Shawn Carrié, member of the Occupy Wall Street’s Tech Ops Working Group. Android backchannel cellphones in school celly smartphone social network Celly is a free service that offers group text messaging and polling.

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students who don’t have internet access at home. In its announcement, Sprint called the effort “the largest corporate initiative to bridge the digital divide and help close the ‘Homework Gap’ for 1 million disadvantaged high school students lacking home internet access.” Sprint Corp.

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective


She shares one computer with her family of five, lacks home internet access and uses a smartphone to connect online. And it means funding companies and founders who are committed to closing the digital divide. Jennifer is in sixth grade.

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Edtech Reports Recap: Video Is Eating the World, Broadband Fails to Keep Up


Connect All Students: How States and School Districts Can Close the Digital Divide” is a follow up to a June analysis by Boston Consulting Group and Common Sense. The broadband gap isn’t only a problem for remote learning. Early childhood” videos on YouTube nearly all have advertising.

Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom


At the same time, smartphones, tablets and laptops can be used to access the school LMS , with the corresponding courses and learning materials, conduct research online for a school paper, check facts fast, make use of productivity tools, and even access educational apps. As for smartphones, these can also be verified and added to an internal whitelist. Read more: DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship. Myths No 3: BYOD will deepen the digital divide.

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Closing the Communication Chasm for Schools and Families


But a staggering number of families lack access to the digital tools required for learning at home. For schools across the country, there is a digital chasm. In the United States, school closures in response to COVID-19 have been swift and sweeping.

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 2]


However, here’s a refresher of the previous post and the five BYOD concerns that are already put on the table: BYOD deepens the digital divide; BYOD will distract students; BYOD encourages students to cheat; Students might forget to bring/charge their devices; Parents may need to pay more for BYOD. Remember the social status symbol mentioned in the digital divide section? Sometimes, a smartphone seems like a natural extension to kids’ hands.

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Not Just Classroom Supplies: Teachers Also Buy Edtech With Their Own Money


smartphone and Wi-Fi adoption, which continues to grow unabated as evidenced in latest internet trends deck from renowned investor Mary Meeker. In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. The bird’s-eye results: 65 percent of teachers say they use digital learning tools every day; 87 percent report using them at least a few days each week. A different ‘digital divide’ has emerged.

New Survey Reveals How Much Time Kids Really Spend on Mobile Devices


kids live in a house with some form of a mobile device—and those smartphones and tablets are gobbling up a greater portion of kids' screen time than ever. That’s one of the key findings in a just-released Common Sense Media survey tracking media habits among children aged 0-8, which also found a narrowing but significant digital divide among lower-income households, and the first signs that virtual reality and internet-connected toys are finding their way into American homes.

Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens


The nationally representative parent survey found that 98 percent of homes with children now have a mobile device — such as a tablet or smartphone. Researchers don’t really know, and that concerns observers like Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, the founder of Children and Screens: The Institute of Digital Media and Child Development. One part of the Common Sense report that really plays up this contradiction is the section on the so-called digital divide.

My Brother’s Keeper turns to tech

The Christensen Institute

Last week, President Obama announced that the My Brother’s Keeper initiative would be partnering with Sprint Corporation to bring tablets, smartphones, and four years of data service to students who lack internet access at home. On the one hand, the program marks an encouraging effort to close stubborn digital divides between rich and poor students.

Rufus Glasper to Community College Leaders: “Online is Not Evil”


Another thing that I don't hear about that much these days, but I know you have views on is the digital divide. Where do you see the digital divide today in terms of education? The digital divide is still a problem, and it's a growing problem. It's not as recognizable because individuals are finding opportunities to have smartphones. When you have a smartphone, others make a leap to say, "oh they have access to technology."

Tools That Help English Language Learners Online and In Person


While especially helpful for her students with less digital experience, it also seemed to lessen the technology fatigue of her students overall. are more likely to have smartphones than traditional computers or broadband internet at home than white adults.

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A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal.

Are educational videos leaving low-income students behind?

The Hechinger Report

This research is important because children are watching more videos on tablets and smartphones, often while commuting in cars or on public transportation or waiting for an appointment. Related: Technology overuse may be the new digital divide. Columnists Digital Digital Education Early Stories Jill Barshay News

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We must not shut low-income students out of computer sciences

The Hechinger Report

The baby holds her smartphone, clicking, and Maria asks what I’m working on as she sees me typing obsessively on my laptop. In our 21 st century digital economy, literacy is much more than a mastery of the English language. These new skills and knowledge are the new fundamental requisites for K-12 studies, college studies, 21 st century jobs and ensuring lifelong earning in the digital innovation economy. Idit Harel.

What’s Lost When Kids Are ‘Under-connected’ to the Internet?


Ownership of mobile devices has grown swiftly since the introduction of the smartphone and has created more opportunities to connect to the Internet. Mobile devices have meant more Internet connectivity, but a closer look at how lower-income families use that access reveals the digital divide is still a problem. What’s it really like to do your homework on a smartphone you’re having to borrow from your mom, but she needs it for something else?

5 Things We’ve Learned About Virtual School During the Pandemic


The digital divide is still big and complex. Lee at Brookings is working on a book about the digital divide, and she says it’s multidimensional. “That rural Internet divide is real. And the digital divide is about more than equipment. ” Another of her students has a single mother who works cleaning hotel rooms; the girl goes along and often joins the class from her mother’s smartphone.

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

Marketplace K-12

Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. Students who get a smartphone can also use it as a hotspot, and for unlimited calls and texts in the United States, while on a Sprint network. history to bridge the digital divide.”.

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

This issue [the ‘homework gap’] constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity.”. In their defense, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen point out that they do more than most to support digital inclusion. This issue constitutes a new civil right: the right to digital equity,” concluded a June 2017 report on the “homework gap” from the Consortium for School Networking. Related: Many low-income families get on the Internet with smartphones or tablets.

Best Practices with Mobile Tech: #adjunctchat Tuesday, July 15

Connecting 2 the World

There are also technology difficulties, such as the digital divide (those who have more advanced technology compared to those that don''t), power outages, access to wifi (or lack of access), lack of support for individual devices, and incompatibility with other digital devices. For example, there are different designs for smartphone use, tablets, and laptops. Smartphones require a different format than computer based content. Mobile Technology is here to stay.

Getting Beyond “Clicktivism”

Educator Innovator

How young people at Oakland’s Youth Radio are using digital media to elevate their political voices. . said Ethan Zuckerman, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media and a member of the YPP Research Network, in a keynote speech at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in 2013. In it, Goodman sheds light on how tough it is to stay on top of coursework without a computer at home—even though she has a smartphone with internet access.

HOT QR Codes in the Classroom & Library

The Daring Librarian

The code allows you to use your smartphone to scan the image, being lead to an exclusive 40-second sexy commercial - "It’s often difficult to measure engagement with billboards, and QR codes help advertisers better measure their impact." Through “scanning” the code by way of photographing it, and installing a a FREE APP or simple piece of software to your smartphone, anyone can access the information behind the QR which might contain images, easily launched website links, and text.