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.

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.

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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. 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. The future belongs to the connected--and the Digital Equity Act aims to connect us all.

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.

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.

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.

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

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] Bit.ly/BYODResources BYODResources Bit.ly/byoddocs byoddocs Bit.ly/rubrics

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. For example: These teachers are far more likely than their less-confident counterparts to report daily use of digital curricula, learning management systems, and parent communication tools. .

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. 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.

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.,

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).

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

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.

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.

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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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.

How Librarians Continue Their Work Digitally Even as Coronavirus Closes Libraries


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."

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.

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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. The coronavirus pandemic has changed education as we know it.

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.

Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning

The Hechinger Report

Students who haven’t had access to technology since mid-March could face significant problems, said Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise, a nonprofit that works for innovation in schools. “If Karen Cator, CEO of the nonprofit Digital Promise.

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?

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now


This quick move to emergency remote teaching has left educators scrambling to figure out how to use digital tools, online resources, and apps to continue their teaching at a distance. Butash is right in pointing out the risks involved in this quick shift to using digital technologies.

Editor's Note: New Rules for Schools


Another new reality not so simple for school districts—dealing with digital equity. While it may be an unfortunate reality that disturbed people will post threats to schools online, there may be hope going forward that their actions won’t mean lockdowns or other disturbances to the school day.

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.

Rural Healthcare Preparation Pipeline in Pennsylvania: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

A March 2020 survey indicated that 90 percent of the students were somewhat or very satisfied with the content and number of text messages received from their adult learner programs. To address digital divide issues, classroom lessons are provided both online and with paper-based packets.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

The nonprofit launched in 2012, and when it explored school connectivity data the following year, it found that just 30 percent of school districts had sufficient bandwidth to support digital learning, or 100 kbps per student.