Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But the obstacles aren’t just about location. In many cases, school leaders need to justify why the district should invest in the first place.
During the edWebinar “Technology in Rural Schools: Leading with Why,” presenters discussed how they overcame challenges and helped the community understand the value of tech in schools.
The presenters agreed that while there are multiple potential uses for school technology, their main goal is to give students a competitive education. While some students may choose to stay in the local area, school leaders want them to have the skills to succeed if they decide to leave.
But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Telecom companies often forget about rural areas because they don’t have high population density. Thus, the price tag for getting connectivity can be expensive–in fact, schools and some businesses may be the only places with reliable broadband access.