Report identifies best practices in closing early digital divide

early-educationClosing the digital divide has been a constant challenge as technology tools and use become more prevalent in schools. Now, research shows that developing early technology skills can help close the digital divide.

Though technology use has expanded in schools, students’ at-home technology and internet access isn’t necessarily reliable.

According to a RAND Corporation report, Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide, this means that children from families without access to digital technology “have fewer opportunities to learn, explore, and communicate digitally, and fewer chances to develop the workforce skills they will need to succeed in later life.”

Early childhood education access to technology will help ensure that students begin to develop tech skills and learn how to use tools that they are likely to use once they enter elementary school.

(Next page: The report’s findings on early childhood technology exposure)

Laura Ascione

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