6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

Neo LMS

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.

7 Shifts to Closing the Digital Divide

EdTechTeam

How can we close this digital divide? According to the US Department of Education , there are seven ways to help close the digital divide. They consume social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. By connecting through social media your educators and students can see how the work they do matters. Using apps like Buncee , Adobe Spark , Aurasma, and Pic Collage make it so easy for students to use their digital skills in creative ways.

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

Edsurge

First some good news: the divide in access to digital devices is decreasing. 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. Now the quality of digital participation is coming into question. Digital Citizenship Promotes Digital Equity This observation around screen time and media usage has profound implications for educators.

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Craig Watkins, Associate Professor of Radio, TV, and Film, The University of Texas at Austin theyoungandthedigitial.com @scraigwatkins After grad school, Watkins began immersing himself in the way young people use media. Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. Social media has become central to their (and our) everyday lives. Was inspired by the concept of digital divide - technology rich vs. technology poor.

MY World 360° Joins Virtual United Nations General Assembly

Digital Promise

From an augmented reality app designed to help us imagine a world where the SDGs have been achieved, to a 360º video highlighting the digital divide impacting students during COVID-19, the latest MY World 360° playlist shares powerful perspectives and visions for a better world.

With technology, schools try to level the economic playing field

eSchool News

Is access to computers and the web enough to solve the digital divide? They’re going to social media sites. Gutierrez has zeroed-in on a problem researchers are only now beginning to understand: access to computers and the web is not enough to solve the problem of the digital divide. For example, a 2014 University of Connecticut study found that lower-income students were worse at locating and evaluating online information than their higher-income peers.

Meeting the Educational Challenges of COVID-19 Together

MIND Research Institute

Basic Needs and Social Emotional Support. And as we think about learning, now more than ever the social and emotional challenges students are facing are going to profoundly impact learning now, and in the longer term. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has put together some great resources around COVID-19, which you can find at casel.org/resources-covid. Digital Divides and the COVID Slide.

Students have their own demands for school reopening

The Hechinger Report

The organizations collaborated to articulate 10 principles for reopening that include listening to students, closing the digital divide, addressing basic needs, moving away from one-size-fits-all instruction and evaluation and creating an inclusive curriculum.

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PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. Perhaps a digital learning journal could be employed to promote reflection. In a Blended Learning Environment the physical and digital classroom become integrated.

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

When I got connected on social media, my lens grew and I became aware of more organizations, as well as some of their supporting tools and resources. Many of the organizations listed have free tools, research, case studies, and resources that can seamlessly be utilized and implemented at the district and school levels. Free resources include ratings and reviews of apps, games, and websites, designed to help teachers find and use the best digital tools for their classrooms.

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

Educational Technology Guy

There are also many more features such as media links, notes and more. The new service allows users to build instant mobile social networks, called "cells" using text messages, QR Codes, email, web or the new Android App. The new service enables real world groups to instantly self-organize into mobile social networks, called “cells”, using text messaging, QR code, email, or web. Cells are “social building blocks” that work for any group, event, place, or activity.

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee

NeverEndingSearch

Its purpose is to raise awareness of how overly restrictive Internet filtering can impede student learning by blocking access to legitimate educational websites and participatory learning tools (including social media). Establish a digital repository of Internet filtering studies. Conduct research to explore the educational uses of social media platforms and assess the impact of filtering in schools. Digital Citizenship by OSAPAC.

Big Rich Mt. Olympus: Legendary Drama!

The Daring Librarian

This lesson also would work for our good friends in the Social Studies Department! But please, being mindful of our digital divide - always provide classroom time for those students who might have no access to the Interwebs at home) Students will be choosing their god or goddess through a random drawing (they will have 30 seconds to switch & trade) then they will research their divine being! Make is Social!

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

Connecting 2 the World

Social networking sites such as facebook or linkedin allows faculty to maintain that relationship which can be a reciprocal relationship for graduate school and employment. Students become distracted with their technology and social media, neither listening to the instructor or classmates (if they do happen to be focusing on class work) nor being engaged in the class (checking email, messages, or facebook or even studying for another class).

Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age in Oakland

Educator Innovator

Their effort, called Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age (EDDA), is focused on designing and researching new approaches that take up the expanded civic opportunity structures that digital media afford and doing so while still maintaining a focus that builds on the basics to support youth to develop strong academic skills. EDDA is an effort to respond to new research and developing understandings about how politics has changed in the digital age.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 New software tool to provide students with personalized feedback to improve learning | Phys.org → Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have partnered with five international universities to create a software tool that provides timely and personalized feedback to help students adjust their studying throughout the course. The social consequences for the field of education in general are significant."

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: April 1, 2017 New software tool to provide students with personalized feedback to improve learning | Phys.org → Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have partnered with five international universities to create a software tool that provides timely and personalized feedback to help students adjust their studying throughout the course. The social consequences for the field of education in general are significant."

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 18, 2017 Doubts about whether internet filters protect teenagers online | University of Oxford → A new study casts doubt on whether such technologies shield young teenagers after finding no link between homes with internet filters and the likelihood of the teenagers in those households being better protected. Studies are always helpful, but this should already be understood. Census data, and the divide among states in internet accessibility is apparent.

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Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning?

The Hechinger Report

And when I peer into classrooms, I see students tuning out their peers and teachers and focusing instead on YouTube and social media. For students with low literacy skills and the frequent urge to multitask on social media or entertainment (which often seem to go hand in hand), incorporating purposeful smartphone use into classroom activity can be especially challenging. Digital Education K-12 News

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

This study says fix unstable housing, not schools.” ” Via The Sun Sentinel : “Student made social media threat to kill FAU professor, cops say.” ” Chalkbeat on the Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice : “‘If we don’t learn from this one, shame on us’: Lessons from a Detroit charter school that was set up to fail.”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2017, just a week before Christmas, the New Media Consortium abruptly announced its immediate closure “because of apparent errors and omissions by its former Controller and Chief Financial Officer.” In 2011, Ning was acquired by “lifestyle” site Glam Media for around $150 million.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. Facebook is, although Mark Zuckerberg denies it , a media company. And like democracy, technology changes the social and individual relationships between us. ” Eschewing “traditional” media advertising buys, the Trump campaign invested in Facebook ads and raised money through the site as well.