The COVID-19 pandemic, having disrupted many elements of society, also helped to further expose problems affecting students and educators, including the digital divide and struggles to grow the educational workforce pipeline. Experts addressed these and other issues at South by Southwest (SXSW) EDU, the education-centric portion of the annual Austin-based SXSW festival The pandemic’s emergence last spring caused the abrupt cancellation of all SXSW activities in 2020. This year, SXSW EDU and main SXSW occurred completely online, March 9-11.
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Written by JoleneAlmendarez on Jan 16 2019 - 8:56pm
It was dark outside, and the fourth grade student’s grandmother was waiting in the parking lot to take her home from Girls Inc. San Antonio. But the girl clung to her last minutes of Internet access, scrambling to print out her homework from a computer so she could complete the assignment on paper at home, where she has no Internet.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Oct 26 2018 - 12:00pm
REPLAY vidoe of the Digital Inclusion Alliance of San Antonio's 2018 summit, "Connect Todos: Digital Inclusion and Upward Mobility," on Oct. 30., 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Norris Conference Center. Thanks to underwriting from the from the Digital Inclusion Alliance, any one can watch live or replay the summit right here on this page for free. Click here for the full schedule.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Aug 2 2017 - 9:23pm
Twenty-five San Antonio teenagers earned laptops and Sprint hotspots after graduating from a two-day digital literacy training program on Aug. 1, 2017. The training was part of the ConnectHome Digital Literacy Passport Program which is designed to help students in public housing get a lift across the digital divide. Watch a video from the graduation here:
Written by Brooke Cowey on Feb 8 2017 - 7:50pm
Replay video of the San Antonio Digital Inclusion Summit on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, where 150 people from dozens of organizations shared ideas, resources, best practices and a vision for digital inclusion and bridging the digital divide in San Antonio. This free public event in the auditorium of San Antonio Central Library started at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Mayor Ivy Taylor and continued through 3 p.m. A report issued in 2016 by HUD paints a graphic picture of the digital divide in San Antonio:
Written by Amanda Evrard on Aug 23 2016 - 1:50pm
Replay video from the live webcast of Investing in Digital Inclusion, a discussion presented by the Federal Reserve, the San Antonio Housing Authority and the UTSA College of Public Policy on Aug. 24, 2016
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Feb 22 2016 - 9:47pm
NOWCastSA has received a $6,000 grant from Google Fiber to conduct a pilot program to help students in San Antonio public housing build versatile RaspberryPi computers for free and to teach them digital media literacy skills.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Feb 22 2016 - 9:11pm
Catch up and get ahead with the edge for the week of February 22. Early Voting Have you voted yet? If not, hurry up because early voting for the March 1 primary election ends on Friday, Feb. 26.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Nov 4 2015 - 11:56am
After dozens of local leaders donated time and ideas to launch ConnectHome and bring high-speed Internet to low-income families, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor laid out the long odds and the tall challenge ahead. A child born in a poor census tract today "has less than a 1-in-20 chance of escaping poverty," Taylor told the group.