Utah schools are finding ways to bridge the digital divide. A new program in Canyons School District will provide electronic devices and at-home access to the internet to students who need it the very most.
To explain how this program works, Scot McCombs joined us on Good Morning Utah. He’s the Director of Information Technology for the Canyons School District.
Many people assume everyone has access to technology, but Scot says that’s not necessarily the case. A survey done on the community showed that about 10 percent, or 3,500 students, in the district, don’t have connectivity at home.
To help, the district will provide electronic devices like laptops to about 500 students, along with filtered wireless hotspots. Once the program is set up, students will be able to check out the equipment in the media centers, much like they would check out a library book, except for an extended period of time.
Scot says the devices will be based on financial need for students who meet poverty guidelines.
Click here to learn more about the program and Canyons School District.