"Bridging the digital divide is very important for us. We have a lot of blended learning inititatives, and we want to make sure that ALL of our students have access to the tools they need after school."
“These are experiences these students wouldn’t have had before this."
"Today all students need access to computing devices. Through Title I funds, our district provided devices for those who couldn’t afford them, and, with the need to extend the learning day, it’s our responsibility to level the playing field for these children by providing equipment for connectivity after school.”
Today’s students are technologically savvy and easily embrace digital learning. In fact, a recent study shows that more than 50 percent of students in grades 6 through 12 are online weekly to find resources for assignments and homework. Additionally, 30 percent of high school students use the Internet on a daily basis to complete their studies.
Within every district, there are hundreds, or even thousands, of students who do not have broadband Internet connections once they leave the classroom. Nationwide, more than 10 million students lack digital access at home.
Students who are at a disadvantage, qualify for free and reduced-cost meals, or are living below the poverty line feel the impact of the digital divide and far more than their more affluent classmates. Ultimately, this disadvantaged position jeopardizes the student’s performance, grades, and even graduation rates.