Bringing WiFi to underprivileged students

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A new trend in school across the nation is providing one-to-one devices so that every student has access to technology both inside and outside of the classroom.  This allows teachers to utilize more edtech in the classroom and even assign homework online.

However, what sometimes isn’t accounted for when implementing these new technology programs, is if students will have access to WiFi once they leave school.  According to the Pew Research Center, 5 million U.S. families with school-aged children do not have internet access at home. This leaves many students unable to complete homework assignments, putting both teachers and students in a tough situation.

There are some school districts solving this problem with bringing WiFi to their students in low income neighborhoods.  When Kansas City Public Schools implemented their one-to-one devices program, they did not realize that 70% of their students did not have internet access at home.  To remedy this issue, the superintendent worked with the The 1 Million Project, an organization dedicated to bringing WiFi to the homes of low-income high school students.

Some school districts are solving the problem by putting WiFi on school buses, giving students a chance to complete their work on their ride home.  Others are even parking their WiFi enabled buses in rural neighborhoods to provide those students with hotspots.

One-to-one devices programs are a great way to bring school districts into the digital age.  Nonetheless, making sure that every students has WiFi at home has to be the first step in implementing this new system.


Story via EdTech