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Student Limited/No Access to Internet

  • 1.  Student Limited/No Access to Internet

    Posted 04-16-2020 23:01
    As we all know, education is all about modifications and adaptations. We see this first hand with the Covoid-19 pandemic we face today. We have all had to be flexible and change our teaching plan for the remainder of the year. My question is what do you do to help provide students lessons and learning activities whenever they have limited or no Internet access?

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    Adrian Tucker
    Southeastern Oklahoma State University
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  • 2.  RE: Student Limited/No Access to Internet

    Posted 04-17-2020 07:40
    Adrian, we are offering paper versions of the assignments.  We have also moved around out wireless access points in some of the schools to get good wifi coverage in our parking lots.  The kids can drive up, download the work, complete it offline at home, then back they go to upload the assignments.

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    Becky Gentile
    Director of Technology
    Crawford Central School District
    @techiebeckyg
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  • 3.  RE: Student Limited/No Access to Internet

    PLN Leader
    Posted 04-17-2020 08:06
    Google has been offering ideas on limited internet with the G Suite.  You can read more about it on these resources:

    https://teachercenter.withgoogle.com/resources/general/details?key=ahpzfmd3ZWItZWR1LXRyYWluaW5nLWNlbnRlcnIcCxIPR2VuZXJhbFJlc291cmNlGICAqKzjo8cIDA
    http://services.google.com/fh/files/misc/enabling_distance_learning_google_meet.pdf
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Rda64L47yxvYhvrD0KAlbT4ym138QJ34/view

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    Laurie Guyon
    Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools
    WSWHE BOCES
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  • 4.  RE: Student Limited/No Access to Internet

    Posted 04-17-2020 13:38
    Edited by Karyn Fillhart 04-17-2020 13:38
    I created some options for families that do not require tech (except for a coding card game that they might want to print). There's also a print-friendly, black and white version linked on the first slide.

    The slides are by subject, but also contain links to some offline resources from others such as TouchMath, ProWise coding game, and links to STEM activities from Chris Woods @dailystem on Twitter.

    https://bit.ly/NoTechLearning: Google Slides

    https://delivr.com/2h46n: PowerPoint

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    -Karyn (@Filibuster3)
    Technology Training Specialist
    MIEExpert, MIETrainer, Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator-Level 2, National Geographic Certified Educator
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    https://delivr.com/27zf2 (Accessibility collection)
    http://bit.ly/gktechies YouTube Channel
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  • 5.  RE: Student Limited/No Access to Internet

    Posted 04-19-2020 12:33
    Our district was able to get Internet access for those students in need from cable companies who are providing free access to students during the time. Initially, our district sent home paper packets for students.

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    Billy Krakower
    Computer Technology & GT Teacher
    Beatrice Gilmore School
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  • 6.  RE: Student Limited/No Access to Internet

    PLN Leader
    Posted 04-23-2020 17:48
    Hi Adrian,
    Some of the responses already posted offer some good advice on strategies to address the needs of students with little or not internet access.  Paper copies, phone calls, local cable companies stepping in, and hotspots are all options to pursue.  Interestingly, this question should be being asked when there is not a pandemic crisis, but the majority of school districts across the U.S. have no plan to address student internet access outside of school.  Covid has magnified the structural and pedagogical inequities that have previously existed but that have not often been addressed in a systemic manner.   As we move through (and hopefully beyond) this crisis, I am hoping that connectivity will be front and center as we adapt and modify our educational systems.  Any district that doesn't have a connectivity plan for students going forward is not meeting the needs of their students.

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    Matthew Hiefield
    Teacher on Special Assignment
    Westview High School
    @MattHiefield
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  • 7.  RE: Student Limited/No Access to Internet

    Posted 04-25-2020 09:52
    Hi Adrian,
    I am new to the PLN and interested in this topic, too. I am at a rural district with spotty internet. In our first phase of closure, which concludes this coming week, we didn't do much with digital tools - packets were available in paper, but families were encouraged to access them online and print out at home. We have some families without printers, though. We set up hotspots in our school parking lots, but uploading videos is still very slow. I also wonder what it's like for families that are stressed by this situation, possibly out of work, to have to drive to the parking lot for students to access work. I am worried about the achievement gap widening for those families. But without online tools, we are also very disconnected from our students. We're trying to call home, but many teachers haven't had a lot of response and some of our families have said they are overwhelmed by all the communication.

    I would like to take a leadership role in helping to support teachers and families as we now know we'll be closed for the rest of the year. I found that Laurie's links were helpful, (especially these two: http://services.google.com/fh/files/misc/enabling_distance_learning_google_meet.pdf

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Rda64L47yxvYhvrD0KAlbT4ym138QJ34/view )

    I didn't know about the options to download and share a Google Meet with families. I can picture a family that just can't get their child to a parking lot for a synchronous Meet, but would try to download it for later. I am a fan of Flipgrid and think I would like famillies to be able to upload short video responses that way. At my rural location, I can upload very short videos without much hassle, but if it's longer than a minute, it's a big pain.

    Equity seems difficult here - if we don't try to connect more online, we're missing an opportunity to reach maybe 70%+ of the students, but if we go that way, it's sad to think of the students that don't have easy access. The good news is that in my area many towns are currently actively installing broadband fiber optic and many families will have high speed internet in the fall. I wonder how we could find grants to support those families that can't afford high speed internet even when it's available.

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    Talia Miller
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  • 8.  RE: Student Limited/No Access to Internet

    PLN Leader
    Posted 04-26-2020 17:11
    HI Adrian,
    Connectivity is definitely a serious issue for a large number of students.  Although working to provide devices and hotspots for students is going on throughout the country, it is not always realistic.  Paper packets, although helpful, aren't always equitable.  Some districts, though, are using television to research students and families, and local radio stations could also be of use.  As students deal with isolation, the use of television and radio should at least be on the table.  Below is a quote from a recent article from the Hechinger report

    "In Arkansas, where 23 percent of households lack internet service, and schools will be shut for the remainder of the school year, the local PBS affiliate is now providing daily television programming tied to the state's distance learning curriculum. They got the idea from a similar arrangement that the Los Angeles Unified School District made with its own local PBS stations back in mid-March."   As many have mentioned, this crisis is bringing focus to the vast systemic inequities in our system that many have ignored because they seem so daunting.  Hopefully our current situation will stoke and renew efforts to make sure that all students have access and opportunities.  Keep fighting the good fight -- our current and future students are depending on all of us.

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    Matthew Hiefield
    Teacher on Special Assignment
    Westview High School
    @MattHiefield
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