American Schools Are Failing: How Closing Connectivity Gaps Can Transform your School

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American Schools Are Failing: How Closing Connectivity Gaps Can Transform your School

As the US continues to decline in global rankings, closing the education  gap  is  not  merely  a  concern  but  a  top  priority.Recent rankings place the US at 34th in basic education and 23rd in  access  to  the  internet.  As  the  world  becomes increasingly global, ensuring digital learning for all students is the primary goal of education stakeholders. Unfortunately the areas that need it most are not being served. 97% of students who come from disadvantaged neighborhoods rely  on their schools for Internet access. Yet, 57% of the schools that they attend have inadequate internet access, leaving 40 million students with no alternative. E-rate is one of the most aggressive government programs aimed at getting our schools plugged into  the digital  world.   Some are still  skeptical  of  the use of  technology to improve performances in the school and here we outline 3 key areas how it transforms the classroom.

  1. Undermines Systematic Disparities: Today the cost to implement broadband infrastructure still presents a barrier to millions of schools across the country. For many advocates, technology usually equalizes the playing field but hindered access results in the  opposite. “Today’s  digital  technologies  are  leading to  greater  disparities  between affluent  and  disadvantaged schools  and  school  districts.” “What we are seeing is that people around the world are increasingly understanding that digital learning will be critical to boosting every child’s achievement,” said Michael Horn, Innosight Institute’s executive director and contributor to THEJournal.com.
  2. It transforms the Learning Experience: Some of the main advantages of digital classrooms include:
    ·    making information and resources limitless with access to online web,
    ·    expanding  learning  platform options:  by  providing  access  to  webinars,  games,videos and more
    ·    increasing  engagement:  by  exciting  students  to  engage  with  the  material  as opposed to simply internalizing information
    ·   education technology personalizes learning and multiplies teachers’ impact
    ·   supporting different learning styles: "Because digital technologies can allow every student  to  proceed  at  a  different  pace,  in  theory  every  student  could  be  optimally challenged at the same time,"
    ·  housing curriculum and teacher tools online cloud- also backs up teacher lesson plans
  3.   Prepare  Students  for  the  Future: More  jobs  will  require  workers  to  master digital  literacy. Formulating eases of  use within schools will  greatly enhance usability during the adult years.

According to a report by ETS Policy Center, it will take an estimated $15 billion to make our schools “technology rich”. A huge financial obligation that is justified by the benefits technology brings to the classroom. Digital learning makes information and resources limitless enabling different learning channels such as webinars talks, videos and games.Furthermore, it not only empowers teachers with customized lesson plains that tailor to varied abilities within the classroom but it also enhances engagement amongst students.E-rate USA is committed to bringing internet access and telecommunication services to under served schools to prepare the next generation of citizens for the digital world.

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