Significant Gap Remains in Access to the Internet for Poorer Students

"If they're going to use it," she continued, "it's more imperative that school districts look at how to bring it into the hands of the students that most need it."

Those are the kids who don't have access to such technology at home, Arroyo said. And schools shouldn't count on them obtaining that access on their own.

She said that if all students in a class have access to technology at home, take-home assignments that involved digital technology can be a good thing, but teachers need to be careful about creating additional obstacles for students that do not and implement digital learning in the classroom instead.

"Teachers need to assess what capabilities their students have and not create barriers," Arroyo said. "If everyone can get access, it's appropriate, but it's very clear from the survey they don't all have access. Schools have to bring it into the classroom so that students do learn how to use it."

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