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Equity vs. Equality in the Digital Divide In most states, school funding formulas are fraught with politics and this has significant implications for technology infrastructure, devices, and opportunities.  The urban vs. rural digital divide surfaces in most states, especially as it relates to connectivity.  Many rural schools in my state (Oregon) struggle with getting enough bandwidth to do innovative and meaningful classroom learning.   When discussing home connectivity for students, some of my rural colleagues lament the cost of the middle and last miles and the struggle for reliable bandwidth and the lack of opportunities that this ...
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Flipped Classrooms and the Digital Divide: Challenges and Remedies As more technology is infused into schools, more teachers are experimenting with "flipped classrooms" where students do individual work at school (with help from the teacher) and view lectures/assignments at home.  The idea is that students can listen and study at their own pace at home and then get focused help from the teacher at school.  Here are some recent statistics concerning teachers and   flipped classrooms : - In 2012, 48% of teachers flipped at least one lesson, in 2014 it is up to 78%. - 96% of teachers who have flipped a lesson would ...
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Under Connectedness and Student Perceptions As school districts and teachers transition to e-classrooms, many teachers are aware that not all students have the same access at home.  Of course, not having broadband access at home can make life extremely difficult for students -- especially when teachers use LMS platforms like Google Classroom, Canvas, or Schoology (to name a few) to push out homework. It isn't easy, however, to gauge the connectivity of students as it can be seen as a sensitive socio-economic issue.  If you are in a classroom of 30 and it seems like most others are connected at home, it can be hard for students to come ...
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Hello, ISTE Digital Equity Network! Please see below the following blog post by Leadership Team member   Wes Kriesel , originally published at  https://medium.com/digital-equity/digging-in-on-digital-equity-part-3-b8f1b9bb3a9f on August 20, 2017. Last week, I visited the principal again to check in, get updates and to review the plan we’d crafted. His goal was to learn from of the other teachers what some obstacles or objections might be for the Kinder through 4th grade students taking their devices home. Here’s what he shared: Principal: “Well, I conferred with my first and second grade teachers and heard a few objections.” Me: ...
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Hello, ISTE Digital Equity Network! Please see below the following blog post by   Dr. Josue Falaise .  Chime in with your thoughts in the comments.  Thank you! I remember at least a decade ago, there was a lot of buzz about computers taking over the jobs of teachers and we, educators, will need to find another profession because there won't be a need for us. Some educators really believed it. I remember hearing people say the time of "The Jetsons" is here. With each year, we are moving closer and closer to the "The Jetsons". There is no need for teachers and school administrators to panic about technology taking over.      From my point of view, ...
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Good morning, ISTE Digital Equity Network! Please see below the following blog post by Leadership Team member   Wes Kriesel , originally published at https://medium.com/digital-equity/digging-in-on-digital-equity-part-2-feb7edbabbe8on August 12, 2017. Let me catch you up on what happened at the principal meeting. Me:   “So since we are both new to the district, tell me more about your site so I can get a better sense of where we are and what you see ahead this year.” Principal:   “This is the oldest school site in the district, and it’s in an older part of the city, and there are higher rates of poverty here than other places. The school ...
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A few weeks ago I was listening to my Voxer messages on my ride home and an interesting conversation on equity took place. One of the coaches was so excited to see that faculty was addressing the issue of equity and thinking about how technology fits into that picture as well. As this coach jumped all in and felt so excited about having this dialogue --that enthusiasm quickly began to fade once the teachers decided that they wanted equity and consideration as it related to planning time, resources, and materials to get the job done? Is it wrong for them to think of themselves versus focusing on the needs of the students? We all understand that a teacher's impact ...
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Starting School and the Digital Divide in Classrooms In many classrooms, teachers don't start realizing internet home access challenges until October or November when online work for specific students is spotty or non-existent.   It is easy to assume (like I did) that students were not just academically inclined or had poor organizational skills and that was why they weren't able to complete projects/research/peer editing/blogging/presentations at home. An "Aha" Moment   Alex was a typical 9th grade World History student.  He was full of energy and excited about starting high school.   He wasn't a perfect student, but he participated ...
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Hello, ISTE Digital Equity Network! Please see below the following blog post by Matthew Hiefield , originally published at  http://digitaldivideinuseducation.blogspot.com/2017/07/school-scaffolding-and-digital-divide.html   on July 23, 2017. School Scaffolding and the Digital Divide As it turns out, buying devices for students is the easy part.  Educators enjoy spreading the news that their school is providing access to students and teaching digital skills that will be critical to their futures.  Delivering the devices, opening them up, and watching pleased faces is a feel good moment for most people in a district (granted, the people who ...
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Good morning, ISTE Digital Equity Network! Please see below the following blog post by Leadership Team member   Wes Kriesel , originally published at  https://medium.com/digital-equity/digging-in-on-digital-equity-42585e917f50  on August 11, 2017. Digging in on Digital Equity, Part 1 Our mission statement speaks about “challenging the status quo concerning the ‘haves and have nots’ of access” ( read the full mission statement here ) and today I get to have a conversation with a principal about that issue. Yesterday, I received an email from a principal who wants to take his entire site, K-6 to a one to one take-home implementation status. Status now: ...
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Hello, ISTE Digital Equity Network! Please see below the following blog post by Dr. Michael Harvey.  We would love to hear your thoughts!  Chime in with any comments at the bottom of the page. Ni Hao and greetings from my home for the next 12 months, China! I have negated the Chinese internet firewall at least for the time being so am able to follow my #ISTEglobalpln. One of the key aspects of major global trends in education is digitisation through innovation. I have been amazed here in China by the embracing of technology by the ordinary (though admittedly middle class) Chinese citizen. From a hip young teenager skateboarding along the streets to ...
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Hello Everyone, If there is something Games & Sims related that you would like us to get out into the wider world, VEJ would like to know.. If you can write something about the ISTE conference or NotatISTE even better! The Virtual Education Journal (VEJ) invites Games & Sims to contribute each issue. While the focus generally is on virtual worlds, video games, AR and VR they have always been very open to anything game related we have submitted. We have also put in articles about coding and hackathons.  This is a practitioner journal. It is not peer reviewed. It is also open to anything that your students may have written also. I have had undergrads submit ...
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Good morning, ISTE Digital Equity Network! Please see below the following blog post by Leadership Team member Wes Kriesel , originally published at  https://medium.com/digital-equity/first-of-all-whats-our-mission-8b67f94b5bf7 on August 11, 2017. We had a leadership meeting online the other night and discussed the mission statement of ISTE’s Digital Equity PLN. That’s when I decided that yes, indeed, I liked this group. I knew the cause was important and the caliber of the leadership team was high, but when I knew that I was going to enjoy working with the group was when I heard their reaction to “Should we change or update the mission statement ...
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Hello Everyone, We've been discussing starting up a Ed, Ed Tech, Ed Leadership group that meets occasionally online and also at the ISTE conference. We now have a date and time - Monday August 7 at 8 pm ET/6 pm MT for a first meetup or discussion. We'll do a Zoom meeting - Join URL:   https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/227358111 . Yes, it will be short since I'm using my student account for it. The agenda is short also - What events or online networking do we want to do? Thanks, Kae Here's the full  information for Zoom Topic: Ed Doctoral Students Networking Time: Aug 7, 2017 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)  Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or ...
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Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29 EdChange Global, a free online conference goes live at 730 pm CT http://edcampglobal.wixsite.com/edcamp edCamp Global is 24 hours in Hangouts, twitter, voxer and flipgrid. Follow it on twitter using hashtag #ECG2017 It starts on Friday at 730 pm CT All time are CT US – but you can switch the calendar to your time zone. http://edcampglobal.wixsite.com/edcamp/schedule Here's some of the VR, Games & Sims Friday July 28 at 9 pm CT AR/VR In Education + Google Expeditions (VIDEO CHAT) with Amy DeMarco WATCH & CHAT JOIN THE VIDEO CHAT Overview of how teachers ...
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Hello Everyone, Here’s the Virtual Connected Educator for the Week of July 24!   TODAY! VSTE Virginia Society of Technology in Education July 24 at 8 pm ET/5pm SLT Join the VSTE VE PLN on VSTE Island in Second LifeArt Sim Tour - LEA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VSTE%20Island/94/184/25 THIS WEEK! Tuesday July 25 at 8 pm ET/ 5 SLT ISTE Virtual Environments Network ISTE VEN Machinima Night on AvaCon Grid (OpenSim) Fourth Tuesday of the month @ 5:00 pm SLT (Pacific time) Come join Gridjumper as we have fun learning about machinima, the art of making videos within virtual worlds and video games. We’ll meet ...
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Games and Education    No one minds when you as a teacher are wandering around during a rainy day, with games most of the pieces lost. Few people object to certain games in the classroom. Teaching chess to sixth graders is fun because as they learn, if you are a face reader you can pretty much win most of the games. It is when in education we use the new games that people think you are not doing your job if you use games. My favorite way of using games is to take the subject, do theme based teaching with use of media, books, and a classroom setting that is reflective of what the subject is that I am teaching and to involve the art, music and PE teachers ...
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The story of this project was hidden in the political machinations going forward in Black History Month. Action speaks louder than words. I am one of several people who have been involved in actions with those working in social justice and digital equity to do Broadening Engagement that will help to change the face of computing. This is ideational scaffolding and a dream come true for us who worried about ways to get HBCU's and other minority serving institutions involved in significant ways in the technology world. For us the Google project is a dream come true. They said "We envisioned this program with bold outcomes in mind—to advance ...
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Moment of Reflection  I would like to take a moment of silence for the bells, policies, school meals, teacher conferences and faculty meetings.   Head Up and Eyes Open! In some parts of the country, summer has just begun but in other areas--- school will be back in the building in just 4 weeks. Staycations, vacations, sandy beaches, watermelon slices, ice cream cones or sundaes and BBQs are all the rage --some of us have not had this luxury and are already gearing up for the 2017-18 school year.   Bummer ! My mind is swirling with ways in which I can help my students achieve higher results and master standards and skills. This past year, I was stretched ...
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Educators will often talk about the importance of staying engaged over the summer in order to curtail the effects of "the summer slide", and they also will mention the time needed in the fall to formatively assess students and to review skills that have deteriorated.   Students without access to both devices and broadband can suffer even more in comparison to their peers.  This does not mean that students use devices over the summer are always doing so for education purposes, but the reading and creating of digital assets can indeed help in maintaining skills. As more districts implement a one to one program for their students and as teachers (and ...
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