Bowling Green, Ky (May 6, 2020) – Facilitating student learning during a pandemic can feel nearly impossible – especially for the millions of student households who lack an internet connection or a computer/tablet. The inability to connect to teachers and learning resources means students on the wrong side of the Digital Divide risk being left behind in these times of quarantine.
Our partner EducationSuperHighway, a non-profit with the mission of upgrading internet access in every public school classroom in America, is working on a solution to respond to this immediate crisis and identify strategies to help school districts and policy makers address the home access gap.
Digital Bridge K-12 will work to increase connectivity outside the classroom by providing school districts with a playbook to connect their students to high-speed internet.
In addition to offering resources and best practices to school districts, Digital Bridge K-12 will also research and pilot potential connectivity solutions through partnerships with a number of public school districts through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. These pilot programs will aim to test replicable models and solutions that other districts can use to meet the home connectivity needs of their most at-risk students.
According to EducationSuperHighway Founder and CEO Evan Marwell, “School closures related to COVID-19 have exposed another urgent equity issue — a remote learning gap. Now, with a set of circumstances none of us ever could have predicted, we’re taking this new challenge head-on in an effort to level the playing field further and ensure all students have equal access to digital learning.”
Connected Nation applauds this work and commitment to narrowing the homework gap for America’s students.
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