Digital Equity Action Toolkit, February 2016

Description There's a fast-developing problem with learning today. While the digital divide is closing, the ubiquity of more recent mobile technologies has now opened wide a new "homework gap" into which lower-income students too often fall. As a large part of education still happens after school lets out, students with reliable, robust Internet access and task-appropriate devices stay seamlessly connected to classwork, assignments, teachers, and all manner of necessary online resources. Meanwhile, those without a meaningful connection in their home environments face challenges that make for a very uneven playing field.   This toolkit offers historical contextual background, describes the "homework gap," addresses broader implications of household connectivity, and details the four first steps districts can take right now and the six key approaches that are enabling districts to pursue digital equity.