Is the Digital Divide real or imaginary?

According to the most recent Office of National Statistics (ONS) data, the digital divide is still a major issue for young people in this country.  ‘Poverty is clearly a factor in poor access to digital learning technologies and poor performance in school.  The link between the two cannot be ignored’ says Judith Burns, BBC News education reporter.

According to data extracted by the National eLearning Foundation on families with children  ‘99% of children in the richest 10% of households can access the internet via a computer, this dropped to 57% in the poorest 10% of households with children.  In the poorest households 29% had no computer, 36% had no internet and 43% had no internet connection via a computer.’

Most staggeringly this translates to a total of 750,000 children living in households with no internet, and 650,000 without a computer.

 

*Judith Burns, 4th Jan 2013, A third poorest pupils ‘without internet at home’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20899109

See also Facts and Figures of the UK Digital Divide http://www.21stcenturychallenges.org/60-seconds/what-is-the-digital-divide/

 Digital Divide - UK

BeLF grants £48,000 to schools.

We are pleased to announce that this month BeLF has granted £48,000 to schools to buy new learning devices for use by pupils for home / school access. This includes funds to our four pilot primary schools to buy the new iPad 2s.

The schools that have benefitted from this are Small Heath, Yardley, Bartly Green, Hillwest Primary, Osborne Primary, Moor Green Primary and Clifton. We will be keeping you informed of how the pupils will be getting on with their devices over the coming months.

Over 10% of primary schools spend less than £10 on ICT for each pupil

Analysis by educational finance firm Syscap shows 1,804 primary schools across England and Wales, 12% of the total, spent less than £10 per pupil on ICT equipment in 2009/2010. The analysis of Department for Education figures also shows 377 primary schools spent nothing on ICT learning resources during the same period.

To read more click on the following  link …

http://www.ictforeducation.co.uk

BeLF Programme- iPads for Primary Schools

BeLF is working with some primary schools in Birmingham to investigate if the iPad is beneficial to teaching and learning. The pilot schools are Moor Green Primary, Hill West Primary, Clifton Primary and Osborne Primary. The schools are looking at how they can use the iPad in education. Each of these schools has been provided with an iPad by BeLF to test and use in the school. They have been looking at various different apps and the issues about using the iPads in classrooms. We have had positive feedback and aim to roll-out the iPads in this grant round.

If any schools are interested and would like more information please contact Sophie.

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Belf help Birmingham schools with Home Access Grants

Home Access

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BeLF made contact with 340 schools and visited over 40 schools to help parents with children that are entitiled to FSM apply for a grant to get a free computer and a years free internet access.

The Home Access is a government scheme to help children on free school meals get a grant to purchase a computer and a years internet access. In spite of array of problems that weren’t addressed by the model such as culture , language and child safety we managed to get Birmingham its fair slice of the national funding with Birmingham receiving just over 10,000 grants. Home access is drawing to a close and if you have any queries please contact the home access helpline.

 

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Belf provides safer Internet Dongles

Internet Dongles

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BeLF has teamed up with Steljes to provide safer internet access to pupils. Just a few days before the end of summer term.  BeLF  provided internet dongles to 3 schools. These schools who are already involved in the BeLF programme used parental contribution funds from previous projects to provide internet access to students and their families through via dongle modems.

These dongles are different to the usual dongles available from the shops. They offer managed access so pupils cannot  access certain sites such as gambling or adult -orientated sites. Access depends on age group so parents and teachers have the peace of mind that children are more safely surfing the internet.

BeLF plans to rollout about 500 dongles to schools in the Autumn term.  Any school that is involved in the BeLF programme and  interested in this should contact Sophie or Ian

 

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45 secondary schools are now signed up to the BeLF Programme

45 BeLF schools..


The Birmingham eLearning Foundation now has 45 secondary schools involved with the programme. The aim is to make sure that every student in KS3 has a laptop at home for school use. There are over 23,000 devices currently in the homes of students across Birmingham and sustainable plans and projects in a large number of schools to assist new cohorts of students.

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