Digital Divide

Education news, analysis, and opinion about the inequities in students’ access to technology and their effect
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Ed-Tech Policy Fewer Districts Are Providing Home Internet Access, But Students Still Need It
The pandemic has led to a boom in technology adoption among teachers and schools that requires high-speed broadband access at home.
Arianna Prothero, September 30, 2022
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Maddi Dale focuses on her remote French class in her bedroom in Lake Oswego, Ore., Oct. 30, 2020.
Broadband and connected devices have become must-haves for academic success as schools have expanded their use of technology.
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Ed-Tech Policy Adopting New Classroom Technologies Is Hard. A New Federal Guide Aims to Help
While tech availability and affordability are often high equity priorities, how schools put digital tools to work is a big challenge.
Lauraine Langreo, September 30, 2022
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Middletown City School District Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. speaks at the 2022 ISTE Leadership Exchange in New Orleans on June 26, 2022.
Marlon Styles Jr., the superintendent of the Middletown City School District in Ohio, speaks at the 2022 ISTE Leadership Exchange in New Orleans on June 26. The session was part of the International Society for Technology in Education's national conference.
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Classroom Technology Q&A Superintendent: Recruit More Black Male Educators, Get Tech in the Hands of All Students
Middletown, Ohio, school district chief Marlon Styles Jr. is the first Black superintendent of that school system.
Lauraine Langreo, August 3, 2022
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A Pew Research Center survey, conducted April 14 to May 4, examines teens’ and parents’ views on virtual learning and the pandemic’s impact on academic achievement.
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Classroom Technology The 'Homework Gap' Persists. Tech Equity Is One Big Reason Why
A Pew Research Center survey found that lack of access to technology continues to disproportionately affect students of color.
Lauraine Langreo, June 7, 2022
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Susan Gilley, the executive director of federal programs and instructional technology for the  Harrison Public Schools in Harrison, Ark., created the GOBSmobile, a mobile learning library and STEM lab for students.
Susan Gilley, the executive director of federal programs and instructional technology for the Harrison Public Schools in Harrison, Ark., created the GOBSmobile, a mobile learning library and STEM lab for students.
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From A DIY Approach to Boost STEM Engagement in Rural Schools
Arkansas educator's technology integration and mobile STEM lab offer students better access during remote instruction and beyond.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 16, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Broadband Inclusivity?
Answer 7 questions to discover what you know about broadband inclusivity.
February 14, 2022
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Classroom Technology The Number One Reason Students Still Lack Internet at Home: Parents Can't Afford It
Many families can't afford the cost of internet connectivity, even if they live in areas that are wired for broadband, a new report shows.
Alyson Klein, November 4, 2021
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Ed-Tech Policy Homework Gap Could Be Back in Full Force If Lawmakers Don't Act, Education Groups Say
COVID relief funds helped give millions of students internet access during the pandemic, but the money could run out, advocates say.
Alyson Klein, October 8, 2021
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IT Infrastructure More Families Have Internet Access. So Why Hasn't the Digital Divide Begun to Close?
A new study says low-income families’ access to the internet has soared in the past six years. But there are other barriers to connectivity.
Alyson Klein, June 24, 2021
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Heath Oates, Superintendent of El Dorado Springs R-2 School District, says to drive through the the school district of El Dorado Springs in Missouri "from end to end could take 45 minutes." Much of it doesn't have cell phone service. His school district is all white. Students were given Verizon Hotspots so they could attend virtually.
Heath Oates, superintendent of the sprawling El Dorado Springs R-2 School District in Missouri, says much of the community has spotty Wi-Fi and cell service, so students were given Verizon Hotspots so they could attend school virtually.
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Budget & Finance One Big Reason Schools Are Ditching Remote Learning: The Cost
Despite increasing demand from parents, states are giving districts little financial incentive to provide online learning this fall.
Mark Lieberman, June 7, 2021
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Classroom Technology Online Summit Technology & the Pandemic: What’s Next for Schools?
When it comes to the use of technology, what’s next for schools?  Join the discussion to tackle issues surrounding this important question.
May 26, 2021
Sam Urban Wittrock, left, an advance placement World History Teacher at W.W. Samuell High School, displays a wifi hot spot that are being handed out to students in Dallas on April 9, 2020. Dallas I.S.D. is handing out the devices along with wifi hotspots to students in need so that they can connect online for their continued education amid the COVID-19 health crisis.
Sam Urban Wittrock, left, an advanced placement World History teacher at W.W. Samuell High School, displays one of the Wi-Fi hotspots that were handed out to students in Dallas in April of 2020. The Dallas school district gave the devices to students who needed them to do schoolwork at home during the pandemic.
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Classroom Technology From Our Research Center Most Students Now Have Home Internet Access. But What About the Ones Who Don't?
Here's what school districts, states, and the federal government are doing to improve at-home access to devices and the internet.
Mark Lieberman, April 20, 2021
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