Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide

eSchool News

When we talk about digital equity, the conversation often focuses on providing opportunities for all students to learn in an increasingly connected world. We talk about training all educators to integrate digital tools in their classrooms in meaningful ways.

When the digital divide is made worse by a pandemic

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. A study confirms that, despite efforts to close the space, the gap between students who have access to devices and the internet and those who lack it compounds equity problems within U.S. education, and its effects can follow students from kindergarten through college.

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.

Here’s How Colleges Should Help Close the Digital Divide in the COVID-Era

Edsurge

One key problem prevalent in many low-socioeconomic communities around the nation—like San Antonio, which now has the highest poverty rate of the country's 25 largest metro areas —is the digital divide. Digital divide is a term used to describe the gap present in society between those who have access to the internet and technology and those who don’t. Together we can close the gap on the digital divide.

Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures

Neo LMS

Today we launch right in with a topic that is on the minds and hearts of many teachers – the “digital divide”; that silent, pernicious socioeconomic gap between students that have and students that do not have access to technology. Digital divide: facts and figures. I mined their 2017 report for some details to guide our thinking on the digital divide with regard to education. Income vs. Access: The Digital Divide in the US.

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. A new study confirms that, despite efforts to close the space, the gap between students who have access to devices and the internet and those who lack it compounds equity problems within U.S. Related content: Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide. Related Content: eSchool News Digital & Mobile Learning Guide.

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. Students had to study the US map, come up with questions, and use their critical thinking skills to try and guess where in the US the other school was from. Using apps like Buncee , Adobe Spark , Aurasma, and Pic Collage make it so easy for students to use their digital skills in creative ways.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

In New Mexico, educators and policymakers are working to close the digital opportunity gap. Unfortunately, the digital divide is a very real barrier to success in our community,” said Audra Bluehouse, an English teacher at Hatch Valley High. “We Others spend long hours studying in the computer labs at the Doña Ana Community College Hatch Learning Center, adjacent to the high school. Next page: What policymakers are doing to close the digital divide.

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. The study labels families making more than $75,000 a year as high income.). “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.

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.

How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

eSchool News

As high-speed internet service becomes more ubiquitous in American households, some readers might be surprised to find out that a “digital divide” exists in many of our schools. So the digital divide in fact is a misnomer; it’s really a terrestrial digital divide as the FCC itself has now concluded. As a result, satellite technologies have a more uniform cost structure, which is unique among the technologies under study in our Report.”

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. A new study confirms that, despite efforts to close the space, the gap between students who have access to devices and the internet and those who lack it compounds equity problems within U.S.

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Studies have shown that low SES students test scores go up 30% when they have access to mobile devices. Notes from SXSWedu presentation by Dr. Michael Mills [link] Bit.ly/BYODResources BYODResources Bit.ly/byoddocs byoddocs Bit.ly/rubrics rubrics Follow #BYODchat on Twitter Nothing is the magic tool for getting our kids where they need to be. But we can use mobile devices to help. We can no longer depend on textbooks for accurate information.

Rolling Study Halls equip school buses with Wi-Fi, tutors

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com Students completed more homework and showed greater confidence in class after being issued digital devices when school buses were equipped with Wi-Fi and staffed with tutors in a pilot initiative. Future of Education Technology Conference presenter Susan Bearden explains how this initiative is tackling the digital divide. More… Uncategorized CoSN digital equity FETC Rolling study halls Title I WifiBy Dayna Straehley, Title1Admin®.com

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.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

Using digital tools in the classroom isn’t the future of learning, it’s the present—except at the significant percentage of schools without reliable high-speed internet. Along with the increase in speed, there’s been an exponential increase in the use of digital tools in the classroom. Without adequate broadband, of course, even the latest or most promising digital tools are useless. By Heidi Moore.

Education in a World of Social and Technological Change #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Trying to understand their perspectives and sensibilities they bring to digital media. The Digital Tipping Point - moment in a young person''s life when they migrate to the digital world. The Digital Edge - Watkins is trying to understand role of digital media in lives of kids on the margins of digital access - second language homes, low socioeco environments, etc? Was inspired by the concept of digital divide - technology rich vs. technology poor.

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home.

Purchasing Devices Does Not Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

One of the more glaring issues was the vast digital divide that still exists in many places, especially the United States. Every day I see new articles highlighting the millions of dollars; in some cases, spent to either begin to close or eradicate the digital divide. We found great success at my school during our digital transformation by focusing on pedagogy first, technology second if appropriate mindset.

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home. The study found that 1 in 4 low-income teens lacked access to a home computer. But for many, the issue was abstract, unimaginable or simply not their problem. Enter COVID-19.

School’s Out: A COVID-19 Lesson

EdTech Magazine

Before the pandemic, we knew there was a digital divide in America. The need to close the divide can no longer be ignored because students of all ages are locked out from school – not just because of the virus itself, but from lack of an internet connection at home. The study found that 1 in 4 low-income teens lacked access to a home computer. But for many, the issue was abstract, unimaginable or simply not their problem. Enter COVID-19.

How Educators Can Empower Students Through Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ready or not, digital transformation has come to education. Here’s some current context for technology in education : Just over 4 out of 5 schools (82%) primarily use digital tools to communication with parents (while 18% use analog methods like letters and phone calls). A significant majority of parents (76%) prefer digital communication when it comes to schools (and most—81%–say they’re satisfied with those communication methods). Address the digital divide.

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.

CoSN 2015: Education’s Role in the Ubiquitous Wi-Fi Future

EdTech Magazine

That''s the puzzle being studied by Sam Pitroda, former chair of the Knowledge Commission in India and a leading voice in the campaign to breach the global digital divide. Frank Smith The world of education IT is on schedule to reach a tipping point, where the availability and affordability of mobile devices could completely reshape the way we learn. But will educators take that momentum and turn it into true change or go back to the old ways, powered by new technologies?

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? 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.

Building Resilient Communities with Students at the Center

Digital Promise

As school starts again this fall amid the ongoing crisis, the Digital Promise Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) network demonstrates the value of partnerships between school systems and their surrounding communities.

New bill would support innovative internet pilots for students

eSchool News

Senate would support innovative methods to give students access to the internet and digital tools outside of classrooms. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 , introduced by Sen. would support pilot initiatives that increase student access to digital resources, increase student, parent, and educator engagement, and improve students’ chances to participate in new learning models.

How One Teacher’s Simple Experiment Rekindled a Love of Learning

GoConqr

This is certainly the case when it comes to bridging the tech divide in the classroom, where on one side you have traditionalist teachers, on the other side the tech-savvy students. Bridging the Digital Divide. Students would make friends with one another and form online study groups within GoConqr. Education Teacher tips Uncategorized case study EdTech GoConqr in the classroom technology in education

How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries

Edsurge

To get a sense of what the widespread closure of libraries could mean, and hear some creative ways libraries are reaching out digitally, we talked with Jessamyn West, an educational technologist who runs the librarian.net blog and is author of "Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide." EdSurge: You are somebody who has been embracing the digital for a long time. You've been a longtime advocate for trying to close the digital divide.

Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

Digital Promise

This is leading to an emerging “second level digital divide” in US schools, fueled by differences in how technology is utilized to advance teaching and learning. To close this divide, we must fully support educators with the skills and tools they need to power up the learning environment. To answer that question, throughout the year, we will be surveying coaches, principals, teachers, and students and conducting more in depth case studies with several participating schools.

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

Edsurge

In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. Recent studies by Deloitte and the Gates Foundation have shed light into how educators engage with edtech. Surveying 3,210 teachers, 1,163 principals, 1,219 district administrators and 2,696 students across the country, the report offers one of the most comprehensive looks at their attitudes toward digital learning tools and how they use them.

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Close the Digital Learning Gap: How One District Tackled Tech Disparity in the Classroom

Edsurge

In 2014, Palmdale School District was experiencing a major digital divide. In 2014, Palmdale School District was experiencing a major digital divide. Promethean: How did Palmdale Schools double down on digital for its students?

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Neo LMS

The gap in digital equity must be put under the spotlight if schools are going to be able to redress, and address, the yawning “homework” gap. 4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives. The Digital Equity Initiative.

Planning ahead to catch up students when school reopens after coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Once campuses fully reopen, schools will need clear strategies to catch up students who have been unable to keep up their studies at home, the experts advise. The former might still edge out students already impacted by the nation’s digital divide or who are without adult supervision.

OPINION: The biggest danger to U.S. higher education? Losing 20 years’ worth of gains in access for first-generation and minority students

The Hechinger Report

A National Bureau of Economic Research study by researchers from Arizona State University found that first-generation college students are 50 percent more likely to have delayed graduation due to Covid-19 than students who have college-educated parents. There are several steps that policymakers can and should take to shrink the digital divide, including having Congress allocate emergency funding to schools and libraries that expand broadband access to their communities.