Thursday, July 16, 2015

Digital Divide

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Having an internet connection at home. Knowing how to write an email and use a computer seem like common and expected part of society today. While many of our students today do have these resources at home, several still don’t. About 10% of my school population doesn’t have internet at home. The economic situation at home does not allow for these students to have what seem like essential resources to some of us and luxuries to others.

What can we do?

  • http://everyoneon.org/ helps match internet service providers and donors with projects that need computers and internet solutions.
  • Google will soon offer a free internet solution for low income families in an initiative called Google Fiber.
  • Students working with Chromebooks can enable offline editing, so that they can make changes to their Docs, Sheets, and Slides while at home. These will update once they are at school and have an internet solution.
  • Telling students to go find a place with free wifi like a Starbucks or McDonalds is not always a good solution. Some students live in rural areas and don’t have the transportation to go to such places for internet.
  • Provide students with an additional day or two to complete assignments that requires the use of the internet.

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