Students, Schools Navigate the Inequity of the Digital Divide

Thursday, April 16th, 2020
From metropolitan areas in the western United States to the rural counties of the Northeast, public school districts that have closed their doors must educate students who have unequal access to digital learning means. Austin Beutner, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, said his district continues to reach its 700,000-plus students through one of two approaches or a combination of both. The first approach involves the digital learning environment Schoology. Most of the district’s educators and students are trained on it, and the foundation of continued learning with this platform is “an instructional plan that has been developed by the teacher consistent with what’s been happening with the classroom in weeks past.” This method, while the standard for the district, can’t help certain students. About one-quarter of the student body lacks internet access at home, and the district is roughly one-third short of having enough devices for every student. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Center for Digital Education