Ubiquitous Equity: Student Access, Socio-Economic Status, Poverty, and Homelessness

I have been thinking lately about how our district ensures ubiquitous access to all students and there are definitely bright spots, but for a number of reasons there are serious discrepancies. We have serious geographic complications, as a sizable region of our district has very limited access to high speed Internet. There are also populations with little interest in the Internet as a tool for learning or even as part of their life. Poverty and economically disadvantaged families cannot afford these kinds of tools at home, and our homeless student population has very limited access to technology resources. How can our economically challenged district meet the needs of these disparate groups and provide equity of access that even approaches ubiquitous? How do we reach out to families distrustful of the incredible freedom of the Internet, to families who cannot afford the tools and access? How do we provide for any transportation needs to any local source of Internet access such as public libraries, the schools themselves, etc?

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Tags: access, equity, homeless, ubiquitous

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