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New Survey: Majority of Teens Say Online Learning Is Worse Than In-Person, but Only 19% Think School Should Return to Full In-Person Instruction

Teens Say They Learn Better in Person and Worry About Falling Behind but Have Little Confidence Their Schools Will Keep Them Safe from the CoronavirusCommon Sense MediaTuesday, September 15, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, 2020—A new poll released by Common Sense/SurveyMonkey shows that teens are taking the coronavirus more seriously than some may think. Despite 59% of […]

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Inequality in broadband access jeopardizes the mental health & well-being of communities coping with COVID-19.

Sep 9, 2020 | Blog Entry, COVID-19, News By: Amber O’Brien  Amber O’Brien is earning her master’s degree in Psychological Science at Texas Woman’s University, researching biological and social factors of anxiety and depression, with an emphasis on health inequities. Mental health is threatened by the ongoing pandemic, and many may be facing anxiety and depression for the first […]

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59% of U.S. parents with lower incomes say their child may face digital obstacles in schoolwork

BY EMILY A. VOGELS Communities across the United States are facing challenges of remote learning as K-12 schools have shifted to online classes or been forced to go remote after students or staff tested positive for COVID-19 early in the term. Many of these schools faced similar problems in the spring. A new analysis of Pew Research Center data collected in early April finds that 59% of parents with lower […]

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Broadband in red and blue states: Three solutions to low-income internet access

Tom WheelerWednesday, September 9, 2020TECHTANK “At night, after hours, in good weather, and even when the weather is not so good, people gather around the library to try and get on Wi-Fi leaking through the doors,” Linda Johnson, president of the Brooklyn Public Library told me a few days ago. While the Trump administration—especially the […]

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How Increasing Broadband Competition Can Address the Adoption Gap

In his latest article, Voqal’s director of telecommunications strategy, Mark Colwell, shares how increased broadband competition can address the adoption gap and reduce the digital divide.  Source Never has the need for closing the digital divide received more attention than in recent months, as Americans have relied more than ever on broadband for work, […]

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The Other Homework Gap

I snagged today’s blog title from Christopher Ali, a professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He recently wrote an article for the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society that reminds us that there is a second homework gap in addition to the one in K12 schools. There are almost 20 million […]

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17 Million Students Lack Home Internet. With No Relief From Congress in Sight, Schools Deploy an Awkward Mix of Buses, Mobile Hotspots to Get Them Online

(Central Kitsap School District) Distance learning starts in two weeks in Washington’s Central Kitsap School District, and Debbie Bryan, director of information services and technology, still isn’t sure how she’s going to connect students in some of the district’s more remote areas to the internet. It’s not for a lack of technology, she explained: The […]

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America’s Terrible Internet Is Making Quarantine Worse

Why millions of students still can’t get onlineOLGA KHAZANAUGUST 17, 2020 At 8 a.m. Pacific time last Wednesday, I joined David Anderson’s 12th-grade government class at Live Oak High by clicking on a Zoom link. Because California suffered a surge in coronavirus cases this summer, students in Live Oak, a town about 50 miles north of Sacramento, […]

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A generation left behind? Online learning cheats poor students, Times survey finds

Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options By PALOMA ESQUIVEL, HOWARD BLUME, BEN POSTON, JULIA BARAJASAUG. 13, 20205 AM Maria Viego and Cooper Glynn were thriving at their elementary schools. Maria, 10, adored the special certificates she earned volunteering to read to second-graders. Cooper, 9, loved being with his friends and how his teacher incorporated the video game Minecraft into […]

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Ohio Law Would Bar Community Networks From Broadband Expansion Program

Tue, August 11, 2020 | Posted by Ry Marcattilio-McCracken HB 13, a law moving through the Ohio state legislature, creates the state’s first-ever residential broadband expansion program in order to address an access gap faced by hundreds of thousands of households across the state. Unfortunately, it bars municipally owned networks and electric cooperatives from participating in […]