Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Recognized for Addressing Digital Divide During Pandemic

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Closing the digital divide became even more important last year as students without reliable internet access at home struggled to connect to their classes.

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.


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How Datacasting Can Help Bridge the Digital Divide

EdTech Magazine

Census Bureau’s December 2020 Household Pulse Survey, 658,719 households with children in public or private school lack internet access — a detrimental situation when kids across the nation are still engaged in remote learning.

How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students

The Hechinger Report

We have this huge digital divide that’s making it hard for [students] to get their education,” she said. David Silver, the director of education for the mayor’s office, said people talked about the digital divide, but there had never been enough energy to tackle it.

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.

The Universal Laptop Program Helping One State Narrow the Digital Divide


And one, Mississippi, has made important strides in closing the digital divide through a pandemic response plan that took each school district’s unique needs and challenges into account. It is worth remembering that the digital divide is not an all or nothing phenomenon.

Connecticut Gives Every Student a Computer and Home Internet to Close the Digital Divide


The impetus was really to close that achievement gap and that digital divide.” But even that wasn’t enough to completely close the divide, says Doug Casey, the executive director at the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, who heads the home broadband part of the program.

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


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

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


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

PROOF POINTS: Survey reveals stark rich-poor divide in how U.S. children were taught remotely during the spring school closures

The Hechinger Report

Preliminary results from a new survey of school districts confirm what many parents learned through the Zoom grapevine. But the amount of time was not the only difference, according to a recent survey: the type of instruction students received also diverged dramatically.

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New National Survey Analyzes Impact of COVID-19 on Teaching and Learning

Digital Promise

Highlights from the survey include: Keeping Up Academically and the Digital Divide : Eighty-two percent of teachers say it’s been difficult for their students to keep up academically during the pandemic, though only 45 percent of parents have the same concern for their own child.

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3 ways schools can support youth mental health

eSchool News

Widespread social isolation and loneliness, uncertainty, parental loss of a job, the widening digital divide, feelings of anxiety over becoming ill, and loss of a loved one have all contributed to the current mental health crisis.

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. 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.

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu


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] BYODResources byoddocs 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.

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

The Hechinger Report

The Penn State findings echo a 2017 survey by the nonprofit media watchdog, Common Sense, which found that low-income children were sitting in front of a television or a computer screen for almost double the time of a child from a wealthier family.

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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. 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.

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.

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


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.

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. Nonprofit Common Sense has released a new survey and companion analysis about the 0-8 year-old set.

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.”

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


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


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.

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.

The State of Educational Technology in a Post-Pandemic World

EdTech Magazine

As the report notes: “Roadblocks like lack of technologies, students without access to at-home internet connectivity and teachers desperately needing more professional training are widening the digital divide. Some may say 2020 is the year of educational technology.

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Racial segregation is one reason some families have internet access and others don’t, new research finds

The Hechinger Report

While studying this digital divide, Skinner, an assistant professor of higher education and policy at the University of Florida, noticed that conversation around the issue is often presented as an urban-rural divide.

The State of Educational Technology in a Post-Pandemic World

EdTech Magazine

As the report notes: “Roadblocks like lack of technologies, students without access to at-home internet connectivity and teachers desperately needing more professional training are widening the digital divide. Some may say 2020 is the year of educational technology.

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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

The State of Educational Technology in a Post-Pandemic World

EdTech Magazine

As the report notes: “Roadblocks like lack of technologies, students without access to at-home internet connectivity and teachers desperately needing more professional training are widening the digital divide. Some may say 2020 is the year of educational technology.

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Millions of Students With Home Internet Access Still Can’t Get Online


Multiple studies and surveys have documented the ever-narrowing digital divide. As one of the researchers explained, you can’t fully understand how families are experiencing digital inequity if you only talk to those reachable through the internet.)

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


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.,

3 Ways edtech can help education get back on track


Nonetheless, teachers adopted digitization within days and weeks due to their high level of professionalism and commitment. Typically, organizations take years to undergo digital transformation. Read more: 8 Ways surveys help school leaders make better decisions.

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How to Achieve Powerful Digital Learning

Digital Promise

From a recent survey of participating schools conducted by our partner Westat, we learned that for schools already providing one-to-one devices for students and teachers, having prior experience integrating technology for powerful learning made the transition to remote learning smoother.

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).

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). If digital access is a challenge, check out these practical ideas that can be implemented without any tech.

Dissertation Journal: Defended, Edited, Submitted, Accepted

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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