Digital Divide

Education news, analysis, and opinion about the inequities in students’ access to technology and their effect
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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
13 min read
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
8 min read
Ed-Tech Policy Letter to the Editor Using E-Rate to Address the Homework Gap
The FCC's E-rate program can provide relief to many families, says this letter author from the Internet Society.
April 12, 2021
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Student Well-Being Video ‘I Felt Like I Was in a Hole’: How One Student Managed the Stress of COVID-19
A Navajo student describes how he experienced the stress and anxiety when his school shut down last year.
March 31, 2021
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This "heat map" generated by GIS technology uses progressively darker colors to illustrate the areas of Palm Beach County with the highest concentrations of families who lack home internet access.
This "heat map" generated by GIS technology uses progressively darker colors to illustrate the areas of Palm Beach County with the highest concentrations of families who lack home internet access.
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IT Infrastructure Q&A How to Expand Home Internet Connectivity for K-12 Students Over the Long Haul
One Florida district is mapping its region and prioritizing communities with the greatest economic needs for home internet access.
Mark Lieberman, March 10, 2021
6 min read
Internet connectivity doesn't reach all the houses
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Ed-Tech Policy Q&A Acting FCC Chair: The 'Homework Gap' Is an 'Especially Cruel' Reality During the Pandemic
Under the new leadership of Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC is exploring broadening the E-Rate to cover home-connectivity needs.
Alyson Klein, March 10, 2021
5 min read
A team of people build a path across the digital divide.
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Special Report K-12 Connectivity Challenges Now and After COVID-19
Internet connectivity at home emerged as a huge problem during COVID-19 and will likely continue to be the case for schools next fall.
March 10, 2021
A team of people build a path across the digital divide.
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IT Infrastructure The Big Pandemic Tech Challenge: Reliable, High-Quality Internet Experiences for All
Simply providing a student with a device and internet connection at home isn’t enough to ensure high-quality online learning.
Mark Lieberman, March 10, 2021
12 min read
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Classroom Technology Low-Income Children Less Likely to Experience 'Live' Contact With Teachers, Analysis Finds
Children from lower-income families are less likely to have internet access, limiting their interactions with educators.
Alyson Klein, February 12, 2021
2 min read
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International Global Test Finds Digital Divide Reflected in Math, Science Scores
New data from the 2019 Trends in International Math and Science Study show teachers and students lack digital access and support.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 21, 2021
3 min read
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Classroom Technology Education Technology in 2020: 8 Takeaways From a Chaotic Year
Digital technology was a lifeline for many educators this year, but it was also a source of frustration, bewilderment, and fatigue.
Mark Lieberman, December 17, 2020
7 min read
Personalized Learning Online Summit Personalized Learning and Tech Equity Under COVID-19
This summit will help readers gather ideas and tips for tailoring teaching and learning to students' academic strengths and weaknesses.
November 17, 2020