When we talk about digital equity, the conversation often focuses on providing opportunities for all students to learn in an increasingly connected world. We talk about devices and home connectivity. We talk the importance of parental support. We talk about training all educators to integrate digital tools in their classrooms in meaningful ways.

Seldom, though, does the conversation focus on ensuring that parents acquire the same skills we want for our students.

But when schools support students in transferring their skills to their parents, they are narrowing the digital divide.

Take advantage of family tech nights--they can close the digital divide in your district!

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Studies have shown that in higher-income households, where parents have higher levels of tech proficiency, many parents educate their children on various uses of the internet and online applications. In lower income households, parents still do some of the educating, but their children often provide a significant amount of help.

About the Author:

Matt Hiefield is a digital curriculum specialist for Beaverton (OR) School District with a passion for investigating digital equity issues. He is part of the BSDFutureReady team. Follow him on Twitter @MattHiefield.


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