Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could Help


Before and after classes at Panguitch High School, a low-slung brick building nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, students find their way to Shawn Caine's classroom. They settle in at the computers where Caine teaches coding and software, or they head to the back room for the 3D printer, vinyl cutter, and robotics kits. Some kids come to log extra time on class projects. Others show up just for the internet. Her district of Garfield County has provided a computer to every student since 2016.

Why do 3 million students struggle to keep up with homework? They don't have internet

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Homework is often hated by both kids and their parents, and now some schools are getting rid of it all together. On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages. She uses her thumbs to tap out school papers, but when glitches keep her from submitting assignments electronically, she writes them out by hand. "At least I have something, instead of nothing, to explain the situation," said Raegan, a high school senior in Hartford. She is among nearly 3 million students around the country who face struggles keeping up with their studies because they must make do without home internet.

California wanted to bridge the digital divide but left rural areas behind. Now that's about to change

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Students use Chromebooks in Joanie Bryant's class at Waggoner Elementary School in Winters. Students use Chromebooks in Joanie Bryant's class at Waggoner Elementary School in Winters. Until a few years ago, most students in Winters -- a farming community of 7,000 west of Sacramento -- did not have computers at home. So the city's then-mayor, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, pushed for a program that enabled the school district's sixth-graders to check out laptops along with their textbooks. Their parents were required to learn how to use the computers as well.

Enough with the pilots: IoT in manufacturing is ready to grow at scale


A new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered asset monitor from IBM gives manufacturers the chance to move into the next phase of the Internet of Things (IoT) evolution. The hard part will be everything else: Making sense of the data, revamping existing processes, and retraining technicians and engineers. IBM's Maximo Asset Monitor adds AI capabilities to the Maximo Suite to help companies do the above and move into another phase of digital transformation. Kareem Yusuf, general manager of the IBM IoT business unit, said IBM's goal for the Maximo Asset Monitor is for companies to draw insights and take action based on data from the assets that they're managing in Maximo. "We want to help clients get new data or make existing data understandable," he said.

Schools Tap Secret Spectrum to Beam Free Internet to Students


The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. "I give the kids access to all the tools pretty much right off the bat," said Eric Bredder, with a sweeping gesture taking in the computer workstations, 3-D printers, laser cutters and milling machines, plus a bevy of wood and metalworking tools that he uses while teaching computer science, engineering and design classes. But Bredder can't give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning--broadband internet beyond school walls. "This is an equity issue," said Bredder. "If some kids can go home and learn, discover and backfill information, while other kids' learning stops at school, that's a huge problem."