Learn how to address the resources/technology gap between more and less affluent school districts.
- [Instructor] Throughout this course we'll be discussing ways to get your course up and running online. With that being said, we're making the assumption that the learners will have the ability to access course content online. This isn't always the case, though. And it's something that needs to be considered. It's referred to as digital access. And there are several variables that need to be considered. Do students have access to an Internet connection? Do students have a computer or device in which they can access the Internet? Is there anything else that the student will need to be successful in your course, including software like Microsoft Office, or perhaps a webcam for meetups? And even if the student does have access to digital resources, do they need to split that time on their devices with multiple siblings or family members? Now, in higher education, or situations where the course is elective, make sure that you clearly lay out your minimum technology requirements so that any student knows up front what they'll need to be successful in your course. In K-12 situations, especially public schools, you'll need to problem-solve, and find a way to help all students learn. This may mean delivering paper copies of the material. Or better yet, trying to find ways to get all students digital access. Recently in my community, I've seen some creative solutions, such as businesses stepping in and loaning devices to students. Or schools working to provide families with mobile hotspots so they can access the Internet. Often, software companies will also work with schools to provide free or discounted software. Also, if you have students with disabilities, you need to do all you can to advocate for their needs. This may mean special software or hardware that they need to succeed. They may need additional processes put in place, or support structures to help bridge the gaps. Do your research to figure out what your students need, and then work with your school, your community, and businesses to pull together the necessary resources and services to get students in need the tools to succeed.