Giving Compass’ Take:
• The documentary “Without A Net,” examines the complexities of the education technology divide in America and the impact it will have on the future workforce.
• How are educators and elected officials addressing the issue of access to education technology?
• Read about how unequal access to technology prevents educational equity.
When I was growing up, school supplies were pretty uniform across the country; you had your books, number #2 pencils, pens, paper, possibly a ruler but not much else was required. Fast forward to present day where one given school district hundreds of classrooms are equipped with electronic chalkboards, students are taking quizzes online and printing 3D models, others walk the halls toting laptops. And yet, just over the county line, at a different middle school, they lack the basic technology to access Wikipedia, to write a term paper, to research a news item. There are no laptops and, at best, shared computers. There may even be no access to the internet. This is the reality for hundreds of thousands of students across America; this is the digital divide.
By the year 2020, approximately 77% of all U.S jobs will require computer skills, leaving thousands of students out of America’s digital future.
If nothing else, I hope that our film, “Without A Net,” raises awareness of the complex problems that we face. If we do not act on this issue, the implications are stark: our future workforce will be unprepared to meet market demands – while students from Europe, Australia, Asia and South America will have received advanced technological educations. Our children, our economy and our country will fall behind.
But, if we do take the necessary steps to solve this issue, we will be providing students with a future filled with possibility, we will be taking real steps towards leveling the playing field, we will be working to rebuild the American Dream.
Read the full article about bridging the education technology divide at Huffington Post.
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