Congressman Rick Boucher, IIA Honorary Chair, recently spoke with National Grange President Betsy Huber about the need to close the access portion of the digital divide by bringing broadband to unserved communities in the United States, primarily in rural America.
Loughborough University student Anthony Camu recently designed a portable handheld “robotic guide dog” device coined “Theia” that replicates the abilities of a guide dog for the visually impaired.
Watch Part II of IIA Co-Chair Kim Keenan and Amina Fazlullah, Digital Equity Counsel at Common Sense Media, discussing what’s next for tackling the “Homework Gap” that’s become an education void due to the pandemic.
IIA Co-Chair Kim Keenan recently connected with Amina Fazlullah, Digital Equity Counsel at Common Sense Media, to learn more about Common Sense’s recent report with Boston Consulting Group, “Closing the K–12 Digital Divide in the Age of Distance Learning.”
In a series of informative social media posts and graphics, IIA highlighted the connectivity disparity for millions of students and hundreds of thousands of teachers and illustrated just how important high-speed internet access is to the future of our education system.
For most of us, it’s hard to imagine having spent the last six months without access to reliable, high-speed broadband internet. But for at least 18 million Americans, that’s been their everyday reality – limited options for staying in touch with family and friends, lost work opportunities, no connectivity for distance learning and no way to benefit from telehealth visits.
The COVID-19 pandemic has moved much of our daily lives online, underscoring the need for fast, reliable, and universally accessible broadband for all. A recent poll by IIA and Morning Consult reiterates this increased reliance on high-speed internet and finds strong support among American voters for using Congressional authority to improve broadband access.
New research from the EdTech Evidence Exchange and the University of Virginia shows an overwhelming majority of teachers expect students will need increased levels of individualized instruction to counter the negative impacts of the COVID-19 learning experience and that technology will play a larger role in improving educational outcomes.
Developed by NASA and General Motors, Robo-Glove technology allows individuals with jobs that require consistent or repetitive grasping to perform operations and use tools for extended periods of time without pain or muscle discomfort.