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The big 3: How access, achievement and advancement can close gaps

Giving all students equal learning opportunities is a challenge, but focusing on three key areas can help.

When it comes to learning, giving students access to a magical mix of high-quality teachers, technology, and the opportunity to develop skills such as collaboration sets them on the right path.

But educational gaps remain–gaps in technology access, in achievement, and in opportunity. The right blend of pedagogy and technology, however, can help close those gaps.

During a session at CUE’s 2017 National Conference, Toni Robinson, director of professional development for Discovery Education, explored some of the ways technology can give students equal learning opportunities.

Closing educational gaps comes down to access, achievement and advancement.


“We can’t speak about access without speaking about success,” Robinson said. “There’s no way to get success if you don’t have access.”

When it comes to ensuring students have different types of access, including access to high-quality educators and to technology, Robinson recommends looking at successful access models and replicating them.

“The end goal is not access–the end goal is success,” she said.

(Next page: Achievement and advancement)

Laura Ascione

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