Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

WiFi Is the New Water

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

WiFi Is the New Water

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DIGITAL EQUITY, like so many noble goals of educational technology, is a moving target. Once upon a time, equity meant providing every eligible student with equal time to sit in front of a desktop computer that sat in a computer lab. In the past few years, many districts have turned those computer labs into makerspaces and are now aiming for a new target: rolling out 1-to-l initiatives to give every eligible student access to his or her own laptop, Chromebook or tablet.

But putting a device in the hands of every student doesn't create true equity. As CoSN's Marie Bjerede and Keith Krueger point out in their column on page 6, today there is a "mobility gap" between students who have constant access to broadband (at school and at home) and those who don't.

Creative districts around the country have found a number of ways to eliminate or minimize the mobility gap. Some partner with local businesses that are willing to share their bandwidth with students so they can do their homework. Other districts offer mobile WiFi hotspots that students can check out of the library. …

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