Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students in all grade levels are being asked to complete their schoolwork at home, which has highlighted the digital divide more than ever. The digital divide is the disconnect between those who have reliable access to digital resources and those who do not. These tools include high-speed Wi-Fi internet connectivity, a laptop or computer, and the skills necessary to utilize these resources. Unfortunately, 1 in 4 students in the US falls on the wrong side of the digital divide – a harsh reality now under a spotlight as students are required to continue their education from home.
There are so many ways a student can be impacted by not having digital resources; one example is the ability to study for and receive high scores in standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT. In this New York Times article, author Elizabeth Currid-Halkett explores how disadvantaged students are impacted by the structure of these tests. In the conclusion of the article, human-I-T is highlighted through our valued partnership with the Leonetti O’Connell Foundation and the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges in providing thousands of refurbished Chromebooks and Wi-Fi connectivity to students who lacked access.
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