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7 reasons digital equity is a social justice issue

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
November 12th, 2014

The need for 24/7 device and internet access has deep social implications

access-equityDigital access and digital equity continue to present a challenge to educators. Meeting that challenge is more important than ever, because, as many stakeholders say, digital equity is about more than access to devices and strong internet connections–it’s about social justice and fair opportunity.

Mobile learning equity has been a big focus for educators for many years, but discussions usually center on access to devices and internet.

While access to those things remains challenging, new conversations are emerging as districts become more capable of providing take-home devices and robust internet access during school, said Marie Bjerede, the Consortium for School Networking’s Project Director for the Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative. Bjerede moderated a special event edWeb webinar on digital access and equity.

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