How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

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Tackling the Digital Divide with Device Deployment in Kansas City. When schools closed in mid-March, Kansas City was confronted by the region’s deep digital divide. The post How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide appeared first on Digital Promise.

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.

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Targeting the digital divide

eSchool News

This week, the digital divide is back in focus yet again. But there are some Google Fiber programs that might be well-positioned to tackle the digital divide. Read on for more: 3 Google Fiber programs that could help ease the digital divide. The latest Digital Equity report from the Consortium of School Networking paints a rosy picture of an educational environment where students have generally good access to high-speed wi-fi while in school.

Can your internet service provider help close the digital divide?

eSchool News

The digital divide is a reality for three out of four American families, meaning approximately eight million individuals under the age of 18 are living without internet access. According to Pew Research, 79 percent of surveyed middle and high school teachers report allowing students to access homework online with 76 percent allowing students to submit assignments online. Bridging this divide expands the customer base for their services and the rest of the digital economy.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

Edsurge

Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. students without home internet access, many of whom are now expected to use digital learning every day to access class materials and complete homework assignments. and Puerto Rico, create and implement digital equity plans , launch digital inclusion projects and support evidence-based research to measure the effectiveness of both.

As Connectivity Improves, The Digital Divide Persists in Teacher Tech Preparation

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Annual survey finds that low-income school districts are still lagging behind their peers. Classroom Data Center Management Network Monitoring Professional Development Training

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.

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. Both television viewing and mobile device use increased for low-income children compared with the last time the survey was taken, in 2013.

New ISTE Book: How to Close the Digital Divide for Students

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A 2016 survey of 1,200 parents revealed that while 94 percent of families are connected to the internet, 23 percent access it on mobile devices, 26 percent share a single computer and 20 percent experienced loss of internet service due to lack of payment

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu

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Surveys show low SES schools tend to have less access to technology and teachers integrate devices like cell phones at far lower rates. 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.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

Education Superhighway

One year ago we launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and MassIT. Since the initiative launched, EducationSuperHighway and our state partners have focused our efforts on ensuring that every student in Massachusetts gets the bandwidth necessary to support digital learning in the classroom.

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. 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. It was a follow-up to the report “High School Students’ Access to and Use of Technology at Home and in School,” which examines overall survey results and results for selected subgroups.

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

Edsurge

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. Education Technology Surveys ResearchA whopping 98 percent of U.S.

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Educators share technology perspectives in new survey

eSchool News

Teachers address bring-your-own device policies, the digital divide, and common perceptions of ed tech in the classroom. According to a recent teacher survey , 96 percent of teachers said that technology plays a significant role in the classroom. debunks common myths about the digital divide and explores the ways ed tech is helping them encourage and inspire their students.

Report: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Remote Learning? Finding a Quiet Place to Work

Edsurge

Baker’s experience was reflected in the results of a survey sent by BrightBytes, an education data company, from April to June 15. ISTE, EdSurge’s parent organization, helped design the survey questions.) Education Technology Surveys Remote Instruction

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Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Less Confident in Ed-Tech Skills, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. Teachers who are most confident about educational technology tend to work in low-poverty and suburban schools, bringing their students a wide range of experiences and potential benefits that other young people may lack, concludes a survey released today by the Education Week Research Center. And our survey results do suggest that confidence levels vary based on the characteristics of the school settings in which teachers work.”

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. Now adding to that list is one of the most thorough efforts—a new survey from Gallup and NewSchools Venture Fund , a nonprofit that provides grants to education technology and innovation efforts. 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.

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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. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of teachers surveyed by Pew reported using mobile phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, while almost half (45%) reported using e-readers and tablet computers.

COVID-19 Has Widened the ‘Homework Gap’ Into a Full-Fledged Learning Gap

Edsurge

Educators and digital equity advocates have tried a number of solutions to close the so-called “homework gap,” from deploying mobile hotspots to getting help from local businesses , but the problem has persisted. The digital divide, like so many issues in the U.S., The digital divide impacts more than homework and grades, King explained. In an effort to address the digital divide, the U.S.

What Do Low-Income Parents Think of Education Tech? [#Infographic]

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez A survey offers an inside look at whether the digital divide expands into opinions. Classroom Digital Content

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).

Research Shows the Need for More Support to Protect Privacy and Advance Digital Equity

eSchool News

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) today released a new report — with accompanying survey findings — that reflect the urgent need to provide improved student privacy support to teachers, parents, and students.

The IT Investment Priorities Shaping Today’s School Districts

EdTech Magazine

For many, the changes have either introduced new technology challenges or shined a spotlight on existing ones, from the digital divide to weak cybersecurity training. Earlier this year, CDW partnered with IDG to conduct a survey on just that — how IT and business leaders in K–12 and higher education are balancing investments in four essential areas: security, workplace productivity, infrastructure modernization and transformative technologies for students.

The IT Investment Priorities Shaping Today’s School Districts

EdTech Magazine

For many, the changes have either introduced new technology challenges or shined a spotlight on existing ones, from the digital divide to weak cybersecurity training. Earlier this year, CDW partnered with IDG to conduct a survey on just that — how IT and school leaders are balancing investments in four essential areas: security, workplace productivity, infrastructure modernization and transformative technologies for students.

Dissertation Journal: Defended, Edited, Submitted, Accepted

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Two weeks ago, I defended my dissertation NON-RESPONSE BIAS ON WEB-BASED SURVEYS AS INFLUENCED BY THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND PARTICIPATION GAP. I’ve tackled the problem of non-response bias on a Web-based survey but now I’m going to save humanity from aliens. This study explores the non-response bias of first-year undergraduate students on a self-administered Web-based survey. Dissertation Dissertation Journal Personal Survey methodology

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On the Money: A Look at IT Leaders’ Budget Concerns

EdTech Magazine

Educators had to quickly adopt creative, and sometimes unfamiliar, ways of teaching and working from a distance, while existing issues like income inequality and the digital divide were pushed further into the spotlight. A recent survey of educational technology leaders conducted by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and sponsored in part by CDW•G found that since 2017, budget constraints and lack of resources have been the No.

On the Money: A Look at IT Leaders’ Budget Concerns

EdTech Magazine

Educators had to quickly adopt creative, and sometimes unfamiliar, ways of teaching and working from a distance, while existing issues like income inequality and the digital divide were pushed further into the spotlight. A recent survey of educational technology leaders conducted by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and sponsored in part by CDW•G found that since 2017, budget constraints and lack of resources have been the No.

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Tracy Smith on the Value of a Team Approach to Digital Equity. Parkland School District in Pennsylvania, like many of the nation’s public school systems, is seeing increases in student poverty rates and English language proficiency — trends that could make any existing digital divides worse. But Parkland school leaders are taking proactive steps to improve digital equity. EDTECH: What challenges related to digital equity are you facing in your district?

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

ClassTag surveyed more than 1,200 U.S. More than half of those surveyed teach in public schools (66 percent) and more than half are elementary school teachers (60 percent). Perhaps the most concerning survey result is that more than half of teachers (57 percent) say they do not feel prepared to facilitate remote and online learning. In some cases, immense challenges such as digital equity and limited parental support at home have had to be addressed and overcome.

30 Ideas To  Consider When Implementing School Online and Offline During The Coronavirus

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As the Coronavirus has changed the landscape of education, I have become more and more aware of inequity and the digital divide. In my reflection, I have attempted to present ideas for all schools across the digital divide. Frequently survey all district stakeholders including educators, parents, and students during this event. Some educators might develop low or no tech lessons, while others concentrate on the digital experience.

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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.

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 Strada Public Viewpoint survey released in June found that Black and Latino students are more likely than white students to have changed or canceled their education plans because of the pandemic. It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic poses many dangers to American higher education.

OPINION: How technology can help parents communicate with preschoolers

The Hechinger Report

A survey we conducted this spring of 575 low-income families with preschool age children found that 30 percent of parents were “very worried,” and another 47 percent were “somewhat worried,” about how school closures will affect their children’s learning and social skills development.

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.

State Spotlight: Texas’ Student-Centered Response to COVID-19

ExcelinEd

Since Texas schools closed in March , the TEA has continued implementing new programs and providing resources focused on four key goals: designing new school models ; innovating special education instruction ; bridging the digital divide ; and assessing anticipated learning loss. . Bridging the Digital Divide. With 5.4 million?students students to? serve , the Texas Education Agency? TEA) is thinking?innovatively innovatively to? make certain ?all