The Homework Gap & Digital Divide

  • The use of online tools, collateral, and multimedia has become commonplace in every type curriculum and across every grade level. Educators are quickly incorporating digital learning into classroom pedagogy because they understand the power these resources bring to the learning experience.

    Today’s students are technologically savvy and easily embrace digital learning. In fact, a recent study shows that more than 70% of students in grades K through 12 think every student should have access to a mobile device during the school day to embrace learning. Additionally, 30% of high school students use the Internet on a daily basis to complete their studies.

    As districts and schools continue to expand their digital learning, 1:1, and BYOD programs, it often creates an unintended digital divide or Homework Gap between those students with adequate, off- campus, access to the Internet and those students who lack access. Within every district, there are hundreds, or even thousands, of students who do not have Internet access once they leave the classroom.

    --Kajeet Smartspot Program

     
Home Connectivity
  • Kajeet SmartSpot

    The Saucon Valley School District is offering a limited number of free wireless hotspot devices to students who have limited or no Internet access outside of school. This “Smartspot” program enables students to "check out" Internet service—absolutely free.

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  • Smartspot Parent Consent Form

    This program is intended to help Saucon Valley students access online resources at home for school work or school research purposes. By signing this form, parents/guardians agree to the terms stated above and assume all responsibility for equipment signed out to the student.

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Connectivity Resources

  • Kajeet SmartSpot FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Digital Equity in Education, Kajeet, Education Broadband, SmartSpot, and the Sentinel platform. Get all your answers along with the most common questions answered on this website.

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  • Restore Pennsylvania

    Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support the installation of infrastructure to bring high-speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth.

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  • EveryoneOn

    EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet. They have connected more than 700,000 people since 2012.

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  • Closing the Homework Gap

    “School-aged kids without broadband access at home are not only unable to complete their homework – they enter the job market with a serious handicap. And that loss is more than individual. It’s a loss to the collective human capital and shared economic future that we need to address.” — FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel

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  • Digital Equity for Learning

    A national study of the digital challenges facing low and moderate income families shows that the vast majority are connected to the Internet (94%), but many rely on mobile- only access (23%) and more than half (52%) of those with home Internet access say it is too slow, a quarter (26%) say too many people share the same computer, and one fifth (20%) say their Internet was cut off in the last year due to lack of payment.

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