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CityLab

Linda Poon

8 February 2021

United States

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The digital divide has exacerbated the challenge of virtual schooling and has spurred communities to provide affordable internet access. Local governments, nonprofits, and school districts are piloting initiatives to ...

MIT Technology Review

Eileen Guo

3 February 2021

United States

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A focus on infrastructure has been emphasized as the solution to bridging the digital divide, which has been exacerbated since the onset of the pandemic. Rural communities have historically struggled with broadband in...

The Hechinger Report

Javeria Salman

14 January 2021

Iraq

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Hello Future is a non-profit teaching digital literacy at a refugee camp in Iraq. The program aims to teach refugees aged 13-18 marketable skills, and does so through "mobile-first" initiatives, where "90% of the prog...

Pioneers Post

Laura Joffre

4 January 2021

Kenya

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, “almost half of schoolchildren, or a total of 121 million pupils, are unable to access remote learning,” according to a 2020 UNICEF report, an even bigger problem during a pandemic when students...

EdSource

Sydney Johnson

Ali Tadayon

4 January 2021

California, United States

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School districts and cities in California are looking to create their own local Wifi networks as a long-term solution to the digital divide, and an alternative to hotspots. Some are even becoming internet service prov...

Wired

Yasaswini Sampathkumar

4 January 2021

India

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Smartphones and cheap data are enabling Indian women, even those who never learned how to read and write, to access new networks and markets. Voice memos and images shared via apps like WhatsApp make accessing informa...

The New York Times

Kellen Browning

3 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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“Let’s Learn NYC!” Is the New York City Public School System's answer to teaching students via television. The program is one of many around the country, which began at a FOX station in Houston. Through the program, s...

Forbes

Christine Ro

30 December 2020

United States

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Arizona State University’s SolarSPELL project developed a waterproof device with a solar panel and other equipment that allows users to connect to “offline WiFi” networks and browse preloaded webpages. SD cards store ...

The New York Times

Kathleen Gray

17 December 2020

Jackson, Michigan, United States

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In Jackson, Michigan, 1 in 5 children have access to wifi through school buses. Out of the roughly 5,000 children, 70 percent qualify for free and reduced lunch. The buses guarantee they have reliable access to the in...

The Daily Yonder

Gabe Schwartzman

14 December 2020

Clearfork Valley, Kentucky, United States

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Community advocates in Clearfork Valley created their own public internet hotspot to bridge the digital divide, especially as the pandemic rendered high-speed internet more of a necessity than a luxury. Broadband comp...

KXAN-TV

Tahera Rahman

9 November 2020

Moulton, Texas, United States

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Around 20% of high school students in rural Moulton Independent School District in Texas don't have the vital internet connection they need to complete their assignments. Students at Shiner Independent School District...

Freethink

Teresa Carey

28 October 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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Co-ops that have historically brought electricity and telephone services to rural America are now providing internet service, which many consider essential for health care access, education and employment. Broadband c...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

28 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A new learning pod at a church is serving at least 30 students in Philadelphia. The idea for the pod was the result of a listening tour with the community. “We heard directly from parents and caregivers about their ne...

Bloomberg

Isabelle Lee

28 October 2020

Philippines

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In the Philippines, more than half of households have limited access to the internet, making remote teaching challenging. Schools, teachers, and the government have found creative ways to reach students. Some teachers...

BBC

Tom Colls

20 October 2020

Bangladesh

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Offline communities are being connected to the world's information through a network of people who physically carry data on devices containing content from Wikipedia and Khan Academy. Residents in a Himalayan village ...

KXAN-TV

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Catenya McHenry

Ben Friberg

16 October 2020

United States

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This T.V. segment showcases multiple solutions used by school districts and nonprofits across the nation, from creating cell phone towers so students have access to reliable wifi, to curbside meals, to learning pods. ...

The Daily Yonder

Meg McIntyre

15 October 2020

Virginia, United States

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Louisa County schools in Virginia are delivering internet to students living in rural areas through solar-powered hot spots, built by the school's own students. The hotspot is powered by solar panels and receives inte...

WSPA-TV

Anne Maxwell

12 October 2020

Travelers Rest, South Carolina, United States

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In South Carolina, 180,000 households don’t have access to Wifi, according to estimates. A problem for students who are trying to attend virtual classes. Using CARES funds, the state purchased hotspots. In one county,...

WAVY-TV

Lex Gray

12 October 2020

Virginia, United States

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In order to bridge the digital divide one school district in Virginia is putting Wi-Fi routers on its school buses. They call them Smart Buses. They buses drive out to neighborhoods where students don't have access to...

KDVR-TV

Lori Jane Gliha

12 October 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In Denver, learning pods are helping students access virtual classes during a pandemic. At the Adams 12 school district, 4000 students, district-wide, participate in the pod. Similarly, HOPE Online Learning Academy Co...

South Dakota News Watch

Nick Lowrey

7 October 2020

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, South Dakota, United States

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An indigenous community has tapped into new technology to provide broadband internet access which is critical for virtual learning during the coronavirus shutdown of schools. Digital radio waves were used to broadcast...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

6 October 2020

United States

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Engaging parents during the pandemic is crucial for student learning. This story takes a look at methods undertaken by an organization in U.S. and another in Botswana. In the U.S., Springboard, has a five-week summer ...

The Seattle Times

Alia Wong

5 October 2020

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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The city of Tulsa took a variety of steps to make sure English as a Second Language learners didn’t fall behind in their virtual classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, school officials made sure students had the...

Christian Science Monitor

Peggy Barmore

1 October 2020

United States

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Apps that track students’ online activity, door-to-door visits, and receiving input from families on how to reopen schools, are all ways school districts across the country are responding to absenteeism during the pan...

The 74

Bekah McNeel

28 September 2020

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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In San Antonio, the Guadalupe Community Center is providing a free “day school” for children of working-class families in the city’s poorest zip code. The center serves around 30 K-12 students where they can safely ...

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