Broadband Imperative III Equity Access and Student SuccessDigital Access & Equity

Virtually all our nation’s schools have access to the internet, but the quality and type of connectivity vary greatly across the country. Equitable access to high-speed broadband is the foundation upon which today’s schools create enhanced and empowering digital learning experiences.

With reliable high-speed broadband access, teachers can utilize digital tools and applications to cultivate student-centered, personalized learning. In the recent blog post from Education Elements, How Can Personalized Learning Support Educational Equity, Noah Dougherty states that “personalized learning can be a powerful tool for educators seeking to provide equitable outcomes for students” and that “the equity lens can become a driving purpose behind personalized learning.” Personalized learning experiences enable students to collaborate with their teachers and take ownership of their learning opportunities through flexibility and choice. Further, as discussed in the article, Pursue Digital Equity Through Access and Opportunity – All Means All, access to high speed broadband and devices does not necessarily ensure engaging interactions with technology and changes in pedagogy. In many schools, teachers are still using technology to simply replace paper documents for drill and practice. The article points out that this is more prevalent for low-income, nonwhite students.

Digital Equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy. Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services. – National Digital Inclusion Alliance


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    The advent of new technologies and increased access to robust connectivity is reshaping the K-12 landscape for teaching and learning. School districts nationwide are leveraging digital instructional materials and resources to deliver transformative and impactful personalized learning opportunities for students and to enhance the administrative coordination of school business. Educators are striving to meet the needs of the modern […]

  • Overview of The Broadband Imperative III

    This is a summary of the full report, The Broadband Imperative III: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success, which: advocates for equitable, reliable, robust broadband access both on and off campus to prepare all students for life and work. This report builds upon SETDA’s earlier work, including the groundbreaking Broadband Imperative series of reports and […]

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