Magazine article Technology & Learning

Equity Issues and Byod

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Equity Issues and Byod

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Recently, I have seen a number of situations arise where the school or library leadership hasn't addressed the issue of children in poverty. One school librarian was promoting its ebook program, but when asked about how those without readers could access the materials, the librarian stated the school had some loaners. However, children wanting to use loaners needed to leave a $150 security deposit for the device. Clearly, this would be limiting to many families, particularly when a lot of them don't even have checking accounts from which to write such a deposit.

When I was a high school principal, we had a 1:1 laptop program for students and many of those students were unable to pay for their computers. We worked with a number of local agencies and businesses to find funding so that no child was excluded from the program. Such an approach is essential. Those of us in public schools must ensure that we are providing for the needs of all of our children. …

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