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. 6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide.

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. How do we teach our students how to use the technology as a way to create and not just to consume (entertainment)?

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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. A new 2017 survey of technology use at home shows the gap in computer access is rapidly closing.

7 Shifts to Closing the Digital Divide


The debate really centers around the how and why implementing technology can help our students. Smartphones have been around for 10 years now, but in education, the shifts are vastly different within our classrooms. How do we use, integrate, and engage learning with the newest technology? How can we close this digital divide? According to the US Department of Education , there are seven ways to help close the digital divide.

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.

3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology


There’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. 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. The post 3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology appeared first on Edudemic.

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?

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. Digital Education K-12 News

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. As the years pass, the gap between Jennifer’s and Maria’s access to technology widens: Jennifer has everything she needs at her fingertips, while Maria does not.

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Closing the Communication Chasm for Schools and Families


In the absence of in-person instruction, educators are being forced to rely on technology more heavily than ever. 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.

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.

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

Educational Technology Guy

Ubiquitous Access – On-boarding is instant, simple, and works from any device, addressing the “digital divide” between those with a smartphone or tablet and those who just have an SMS-enabled mobile phone. ? This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom


We can no longer overlook the importance of the use of technology in schools. However, the education system must prepare students for the adult life, and we, adults, use technology more than we would like to admit. Read more: DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship.

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


Remember the social status symbol mentioned in the digital divide section? Some teachers might be reluctant to technology. Sometimes, a smartphone seems like a natural extension to kids’ hands.

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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.

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


EdSurge: Despite great interest in community colleges these days, there are also plenty of challenges, including falling enrollments and trying to keep up with technology change. 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.

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. When it comes to technology, the best options for teachers during this crisis are usually the simplest.

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.

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. One part of the Common Sense report that really plays up this contradiction is the section on the so-called 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. K-12 News achievement gap Investigations Rural schools Technology access

Will a new batch of licenses help rural students get online?

The Hechinger Report

Shawn Caine, who teaches technology at Panguitch High School in Garfield County, Utah, lets students who don’t have adequate home internet service get online in her classroom before and after school. Tom Rolfes, education IT manager for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission.

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

Connecting 2 the World

Mobile Technology is here to stay. Many of us may try to resist integrating mobile technology into our classrooms. What are some ways in which mobile technology has changed the classroom? I often use my class time to send students out and observe while keeping in touch via mobile technology. Using technology in the classroom also helps the instructor to give instant feedback as students work in class. 1) Do you allow the use of mobile technology in your courses?

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.

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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. 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. Technology and Learning in Lower-income Families, ” which was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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." QR Codes are popping up everywhere!

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

I think a lot about the future of technology and its potential impacts on students and the K-12 education system (intended and unintended). While not every piece speaks directly to K-12 education issues at present, they all speak to the wider milieu from which our conceptions of public education and consumer technology are derived. The Washington Post → The scope of facial recognition technology is massive and unregulated.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

I think a lot about the future of technology and its potential impacts on students and the K-12 education system (intended and unintended). While not every piece speaks directly to K-12 education issues at present, they all speak to the wider milieu from which our conceptions of public education and consumer technology are derived. The Washington Post → The scope of facial recognition technology is massive and unregulated.

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