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How can we bridge the digital divide?


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Students with historically marginalized backgrounds tend to be treated more passively than their peers who are better off. While their peers are busy completing digital worksheets in schools with better resources, they are also coding, designing, and building tech tools. 

The National Education Technology Plan, released by the U.S. Department of Education in late 2016, aims to bring to light this disparity as well as many other inequities that exist in the design and use of edtech as well as in access to it. The report offers suggestions on how to reduce digital divides. 

“We want to create a sense of urgency to continue to close those gaps,” said Roberto Rodriguez, assistant secretary in the Department of Education’s Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.

The update of the policy document by the DOE’s Office of Education Technology is the first since 2016 (parts of it were revised in 2017). The document is based on the results of listening sessions conducted with over 1,000 educators ,…

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