Archive for EdTech

The “Digital Divide” Is Still a Major Problem

This Associated Press analysis of Census Bureau numbers reveals that more than three million school children still have no reliable internet access to complete homework assignments, leaving them more academically underprepared than their counterparts who have access to what many of us think as a basic tool. And this lack is felt more in certain socioeconomic levels: “Students without internet at home are more likely to be students of color, from low-income families or in households with lower parental education levels.”

The latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics show the wide range of access to internet or broadband or the availability of computers in the home.

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2019 EdTech Predictions for High Education

Twenty movers and shakers in edtech were interviewed for their opinions on what 2019 holds for that sector. Read their near-term prognostications here.

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EdTech Reports – April 2017

Public Access ICT across Cultures: Diversifying Participation in the Network Society (MIT Press); Social Media in Southeast Turkey, Social Media in Northern Chile, Social Media in Industrial China, Social Media in Rural China, Social Media in Southeast Italy, Social Media in South India, Social Media in Emergent Brazil (due 10/17; these volumes are all part of the Why We Post ethnographic project tracing the use of social media in various communities around the world); How School Districts Can Save (Billions) On Edtech (Technology for Education Consortium); High Marks: Ed Tech Deals Tick Up In Q1’17 (CB Insights); Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy  (Electronic Frontier Foundation); and Teaching with Technology (Insidehighered, free registration required).

 

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EdTech Reports – February 2017

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EdTech Reports – January 2017

Digital Literacy (deals with technology in higher education, New Media Consortium); Top Ten IT Issues (this annual feature is always worth the read, EDUCAUSE); IT Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey (focuses on higher education, Campus Technology); Breaking the Mold: Investing in Racial Diversity in Tech (openmic.org); and Reimaging the Role of Technology in Higher Education (U.S. Office of Educational Technology).

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Computer and Internet Use in the United States

The Digital Nation Data Explorer from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration presents a great deal of data on the use of computers and the Internet in a wide variety of settings from coffee shops to wearable devices. A national map indicates the usage percentage while accompanying charts give hard numbers.

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EdTech Reports – September 2016

Horizon 2016 K-12 Report and Digital Toolkit; State of Broadband Report 2016 (UN); Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 (UNESCO; brief yet informative report starting on p.311 on ICT in education); Lifelong Learning and Technology (Pew); and 2016 E-Rate Trends Report (Funds for Learning).

 

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