With the onset of coronavirus (COVID-19), school districts, institutions of higher education, and educators are finding themselves in uncharted territory. COVID-19 hit hard and fast. And with that, so did the shift from in-school instruction to online learning, which brought to light very complicated issues and inequities.
The onset of remote learning has magnified the disparity between students who have access to computers and internet and those who do not. The digital divide in our communities, particularly among children from underrepresented and low socioeconomic communities, raises questions that need to be answered.
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What technologically based tools make a difference? What context is critical for successful introduction and integration of such tools? What scale of implementation might be possible?
This past February, The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) brought together representatives of stakeholder institutions and organizations to discuss these issues and how to effectively respond to the challenges teachers face in using technology to meet the needs of all students despite the inequities posed by the digital divide.