Roundtable: Is digital equity achievable in Kindergarten to 12th grade education?


McCormick: The first goal is access, and that’s where the funding comes in. The second objective is, how do you start to think about creating spaces of individualization and personalization of technological tools for the students? Then the final phase is: How do you create a culture of innovation across the district, where students are encouraged to use the tools of technology for communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity? This, to me, is why we should invest so much, not only in devices and infrastructure, but also in the professional development of our staff and educators.

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Beard Villanueva: We need to make sure that we really support the teachers and that they receive high quality professional development on how to use the tool, how to access it and get it to do the job it is supposed to do.

EDTECH: What resources are needed to move towards digital equity?

McCormick: We should think of Internet connectivity like any other utility. Our students have learned to solve problems creatively, but I really feel like the next step is to ensure a high-quality, high-speed internet connection in all of our students’ homes.

Beard Villanueva: Only about 37% of high schools offer computer science, and it’s worse in low-income communities because you don’t have enough teachers who can teach it. In our upper middle class communities, children have access to coding, computers and AI, and all of these need to be incorporated into our schools as part of the core curriculum.

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Limit : An initiative like Future Ready, something like that at the national level, is really helpful because it gives you a set of standards. It gives you the frame. There were a lot of resources for that, and they were doing workshops all over the country, and so a focused effort like this is really helpful.

Glass: Every state is different, but we have regional education service centers where you can find various resources, such as actual programs you can implement, professional learning opportunities, possibly funding or support for grant funding. . I really hope school districts take this opportunity to look ahead and maybe put some structures in place.


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