COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of technologies and behaviors, like a distributed workforce, that can be widely beneficial. However, we also have seen significant setbacks, especially for historically marginalized communities, exacerbating existing inequities in our society.
Dana Castro, HP’s Worldwide Education Manager, and Justin van Fleet, Executive Director of GBC-Education, join Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly as we continue our exploration of the digital divide and education equity. We're in the midst of a back-to-school season where many children - over 17 million(!) - can't even participate in the new virtual education environment due to lack of access to computers or sufficient Internet.
The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has joined a coalition of Detroit’s leading businesses and philanthropic organizations that is investing $23 million in a program to bridge the digital divide for 51,000 Detroit students. The program, called Connected Futures, will place a computer tablet with high-speed LTE internet connectivity, along with technical support, into the hands of every Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) K-12 student.
Author: Paul Pishal, is a Sales Director for Black & Veatch’s telecom business.
There is no doubt that advanced communication networks are changing how we interact with data, technology and one another. New levels of connectivity are giving us the ability to create, share and analyze information, creating layers of input and insight that deepen our experiences, making them richer, more tangible and more valuable than ever before. This has never been more apparent than during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is driving entire communities to move their lives online, from classes to doctor appointments to the 9-5 workday.
Back-to-School – For Some: Virtual Education and the Deepening Digital Divide
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Gregg Betheil is President of PENCIL, a NYC-based education nonprofit that brings together business partners and educators to develop strategies that disrupt current college and career readiness outcomes and help public school students succeed. Gregg joins host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly for a conversation on back-to-school amidst the continuing pandemic, virtual education, and the deepening digital divide that is preventing millions of students from continuing their schooling.
1,000 families are given computers ahead of the 2020-2021 school year
CHICAGO, August 28, 2020 /3BL Media/— With just a few weeks until the start of the new school year, 1,000 students from Chicago’s 10th Ward have been given computers from Vistra's retail electricity brand, Dynegy, and Comp-U-Dopt. On Aug. 21, pre-selected families received laptops, free of charge, at contactless drive-thru events. Each family had at least one student enrolled in a 10th Ward school or a recent 2020 10th Ward high school graduate.
TXU Energy and Comp-U-Dopt partner with the City of Dallas to give computers to 400 families
DALLAS, August 27, 2020 /3BL Media/ – As the pandemic continues to expose a deep digital divide in our education system, Vistra’s flagship retail electricity brand, TXU Energy, and Comp-U-Dopt are partnering with the City of Dallas to give away 400 computers. Dallas families with at least one middle school student, who previously registered through a lottery system, received their devices contactless drive-thru events.
This content was originally posted by, and on, LISC.org, August 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only illuminated the magnitude of the racial health and wealth gaps across the country, but has also shone a spotlight on the additional hurdles that rural communities face in comparison to their urban counterparts due to limited access to capital, support services, and connectivity.
The digital divide has left millions of students in this country at a great disadvantage. Project 10Million aims to fix that.
While seven in ten teachers in the U.S. assign online homework to students, roughly 15 percent of the 35 million households in America with children don’t have internet access at home. This aspect of the digital divide in this country has created the “homework gap,” with studies showing that students without home internet access have a consistent pattern of lower scores in reading, math and science.