A parent-led effort to close the digital divide

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Two students who received laptops because of a parent-led effort to close the digital divide for Spanish-speaking families in Clark County, Nevada. Imagine what it is for Hispanic families that don’t speak English and … don’t have the technology.”.

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. Before we go ahead and look at some practical steps I thought it would be useful to sketch in some background on how technology is actually being used in classrooms across the US, in an effort to create some necessary context.


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Digital Divide 2.0: a few facts and figures


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. Technology is transforming education, the change is as inevitable as that which the printing press brought to education. Now, however, access to technology is becoming a rights issue. Digital divide: facts and figures.

Is Classroom Technology Really Narrowing the Digital Divide? [Quiz]


As schools strive to make information accessible to all students, technology provides great solutions. So, the question remains, is technology in the classroom a hindrance or an opportunity? Education Technology Technology Trends Technology Tips Student Success Teaching & Learning Diversity and EquityAt the same time, it often presents its own set of challenges to overcome.

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

The Hechinger Report

Nearly half of low-income districts distributed paper packets of worksheets to families while more than three-fourths of wealthier school districts distributed everything digitally. This digital divide had enormous consequences for what instruction meant.

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

Chief technology officers and IT professionals in the K-12 field have a lot on their collective plates these days, what with the continued proliferation of technology in their schools, new governmental programs and compliance requirements, and the push to effectively integrate their technology in the classroom. Here are five key trends that CTOs will be watching and reacting to in 2016: The modernized E-rate program.

Coronavirus accelerates higher education’s trend toward distance learning

The Hechinger Report

The coronavirus-induced shift of learning off campus was dramatic, but it accelerated a trend that has been growing over the past several years. On the other end of the digital divide are more than 1,000 colleges where 95 percent of students or more do no online coursework.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

They fit into the categories of SEL, digital instruction, engagement/management, and leadership. Recently, I had to educate myself on the current trends in helping students who are anxious, depressed, worried, or just need guidance about the future. Online and Digital Instruction.

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Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

If this trend continues, we should assume that a large portion of our nation’s children will have limited access to broadband and computers and will use a smart device for their internet access. What are the implications for education as teachers and schools move to more digital practices in their institutions? What can educators do on an individual level to support students who are on the other side of the digital divide?

LearnPlatform Launches National EdTech Equity Dashboard to Improve Visibility of Digital K-12 Engagement and Gaps Across U.S.

eSchool News

The real-time view provides the most comprehensive look at digital learning disparities. For the first time, national daily edtech trends are aggregated and visible to understand and identify digital learning disparities.

This Is the Moment for States to Design the Future of Education


To set the foundation for technology-empowered learning during and beyond the pandemic, education leaders are actively tackling internet and device access issues to narrow the digital divide.

2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan


Widespread public interest surrounds new technologies in the classroom. With many communities anxious to enhance local school systems and increase opportunities for students, teachers and pupils, 2016 appears poised to witness a lot of exciting new developments in the world of education technology. One current trend appears likely to continue during 2016: an increasing number of classrooms will rely on computers and the Internet to assist in the delivery of education materials.

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School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

In this majority-Latino school of 1,100 students, 84 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, a federal measure of poverty, school principal David Porter says making the devices readily available is a significant part of an effort to develop digital literacy for students who might otherwise be left behind. We’re doing a disservice if we’re not teaching the next generation how to use technology. The divide we still have is in the three Rs,” he acknowledges.

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


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? How do you combat this trend?

5G for Education Is Finally Here. First Stop? Cleveland.


In addition to hosting a public K-8 charter school, the former factory was recently outfitted with augmented and virtual reality stations, 3D printers and interactive screens in preparation for Saturday’s announcement: that it’s the first school in the country equipped with 5G wireless technology. For Katie Grootegoed, the district’s director of technology-enhanced learning, 5G was never on her radar, nor within the realm of possibility.

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.


Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. Connect All Learners The most crucial issue to address is the digital divide. This trend has been recorded in school districts across the country, and it is an alarming one.

Closing the homework gap so ‘no child is left offline’

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. It has been digitized.

A multilingual, multicultural call center helps families of color cope with remote learning

The Hechinger Report

TechConnect is just one of the initiatives launched as part of the Connect Washington Coalition , a group of statewide digital access advocates and community organizations trying to address the digital divide for low-income and communities of color across the state. “I

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

The Hechinger Report

After schools switched from physical instruction to remote learning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, districts and state leaders assured families they would get devices for students and the technology resources needed to do schoolwork at home.

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


When new trends become the norm, report findings sometimes elicit more shrugs than surprise. smartphone and Wi-Fi adoption, which continues to grow unabated as evidenced in latest internet trends deck from renowned investor Mary Meeker. In education technology, a litany of surveys published this decade have touted the growing adoption of digital learning tools. That’s music to the ears of industry leaders who have funded and built many of these digital tools.

Planning ahead to catch up students when school reopens after coronavirus

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The former might still edge out students already impacted by the nation’s digital divide or who are without adult supervision. Coronavirus and Education K-12 Mississippi Solutions achievement gap Curriculum Mississippi newsletter Rural schools Technology access

How Long Should a Remote School Day Be? There’s No Consensus


To that end, a handful of state boards of education have issued a patchwork of guidance in their digital learning plans, specifying the number of hours of schoolwork appropriate for each grade level. Education Technology Education Research Remote Instruction

Students Size Up Edtech’s Dark Side


This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. When students in my graduate seminar on education technology were given the chance to select a topic for a class session, they wanted to devote time to the digital world’s dark side. Here were the three biggest trends they identified (in no particular order): Tech Addiction Rich media—gaming, VR, mixed reality—can be so powerful that they distract us from the offline world.

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?

Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

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How to homeschool” is trending on Google. For others, it’s an even bigger catastrophe: they may not be able to afford proper meals for their children, much less the technology and connectivity needed for online learning. Other school districts are tapping older technologies.

How Much Screen Time Is Too Much for Kids?


The digital divide between rich and poor students isn’t what it used to be. In the article, Nellie Bowles discussed how “throwback” play-based preschools are trending in affluent neighborhoods; parents in Kansas City launched a program called Stand Together And Rethink Technology (START); and another group of parents in Missouri have joined forces to figure out how to reduce their children’s screen time. And sometimes that’s going be a digital tool.

50 Shades of Mobile

The Mobile Native

SMCS Mobile Learning Technology 2. mLearning Trends 40. mLearning: Beyond the Digital Divide 41. Smart phones (MLDs) 1. The Mobile Learning Portal 3. Learning in Hand 4. Cybrary Man''s Mobile Learning Page 5. 100 Mobile Tools for Teachers 6. Breaking the Cell Phone Ban 7. Go Mobile 4 Learning 8. Tool for Learning or Distraction? 50+ Tips and Resources 10. Learning2Go iPads 11. iPad Apps Separated by Subject Area 12. iPad/iPod Resources 13.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

However, the struggle will be to expand innovation in core subjects and beyond, including integrating technology into ancillary K-12 areas such as CTE, music, physical education, health, and the arts. security surveillance cameras, digital record keeping, etc.)

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Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

I also want to consider that, with or without a President Trump , education technology also might make things worse, might also contribute to these ongoing inequalities – and not simply because many in ed-tech seem quite eager to work with the new administration. Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly.

FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Tom Rolfes, education IT manager for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. We are heartbroken,” said Tom Rolfes, education IT manager for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission.

Anthropologist Mimi Ito: Good Intentions Don’t Always Mean Equitable Outcomes in Edtech


That’s just one way technology in education can fail to serve some students. Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine who studies how young people use technology, says it’s not necessarily because the teachers or the people making edtech tools have bad intentions. EdSurge recently sat down with Ito at the Intentional Play Summit to get her thoughts on equity in edtech, creativity and how kids’ relationship to technology has changed over the years.

Vote for Digital Promise’s SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 Session Ideas

Digital Promise

Every day at Digital Promise, we work with leading educators, researchers, and developers across the country to help close the Digital Learning Gap and improve learning for all. Through this work, we see powerful examples of innovation across education — from students creating their own virtual reality (VR) films, to researchers working with technology developers to improve edtech efficacy, to educators rethinking their own professional development with the use of micro-credentials.

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’


Thus, there is a homework gap—the problem created when students who use digital learning in class can’t get online at home to finish up their schoolwork. Many schools are left with two options: keep moving forward with digital learning—and risk leaving some students behind—or keep homework assignments offline, holding back the students who might otherwise benefit from software and tools available on the internet. Education Technology Diversity and Equity Community

Rufus Glasper to Community College Leaders: “Online is Not Evil”


EdSurge: Despite great interest in community colleges these days, there are also plenty of challenges, including falling enrollments and trying to keep up with technology change. Another thing that I don't hear about that much these days, but I know you have views on is the digital divide. Where do you see the digital divide today in terms of education? The digital divide is still a problem, and it's a growing problem.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

One of the challenges of writing this series – and trust me, there are many – is separating my analysis out into ten articles that name ten distinct “trends.” But when trying to write about ten “trends,” it’s evident: everything overlaps. The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.