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About The Homework Gap

Five million of 29 million households with school­-age children don't have the Internet at home. For 6-7% of these homes, a lack of broadband deployment is the issue – the problem that Mural Net is seeking to address. Lacking high­speed access takes its toll on children and teens by making it unduly difficult to complete school assignments that are heavily dependent on Internet access-creating a homework gap that's keenly felt by low­ income families.

Today, 7 in 10 teachers in the United States assign homework that requires access to broadband internet to complete. For those who do not have access to the internet at home, completing homework can be challenging or impossible. Data from the Federal Communications Commission show that 1 in 3 households do not subscribe to broadband service. Where these numbers overlap is a new digital divide — call it the Homework Gap.

More than half of principals nationwide now cite digital equity as a major challenge in their schools.

 

More on the Topic

The Aspen Institute: Closing the Digital Divide

Office of Education Technology.  [List of Panelists]


Resources

 

connect Home

ConnectHome is a public-private collaboration to narrow the digital divide for families with school-age children who live in HUD-assisted housing. ConnectHome is the next step in President Obama’s continued efforts to bring affordable broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs, and electronic devices to all Americans. The pilot program is launching in twenty-seven cities and one tribal nation and will initially reach over 275,000 low-income households – and nearly 200,000 children – with the support they need to access the Internet at home. Internet Service Providers, non-profits and the private sector will offer broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs, and devices for residents in assisted housing units.                                                   

Learn More At: http://connecthome.hud.gov/pilot


Compare & Connect K12

Compare & Connect K-12 makes broadband and pricing data transparent so that state and school district leaders have the information they need to get more bandwidth for their broadband budget in order to support digital learning today and in the future. This resource is run by EducationSuperHighway, a leading non-profit focused on upgrading the Internet access in every public school classroom in America so that every student can take advantage of the promise of digital learning. They believe that digital learning represents an unprecedented opportunity to provide every student with equal access to educational opportunity and that every school requires high-speed broadband to make that opportunity a reality.

Search for a School District Here: http://www.compareandconnectk12.org/


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Open Signal

OpenSignal is the leading source of insight into the coverage and performance of Mobile Operators worldwide. If you are working to promote internet access for students and are unfamiliar with which mobile network services are available in your area, you can access coverage data from this website. https://opensignal.com/


News Coverage on the topic

 

  • Ed Tech Magazine: District Works to Close the Homework Gap [LINK]
  • Huffington Post: Native American Students Sue the U.S. Government Over Dismal Education [LINK]