A new report examines some of the critical components necessary to drive a robust broadband access program like this laptop connected to high-speed internet.

Equitable, reliable, and robust broadband access both on and off campus is essential to support digital learning and prepare K-12 students for life and work.

The declaration is a cornerstone of Broadband Imperative III: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success, a new report from SETDA.

In addition to advocating for equitable broadband access, the report discusses innovative technologies and pedagogical approaches to personalize learning for all students.

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Seventeen percent of teens don’t have reliable access to a device, meaning they can’t complete homework. It isn’t always feasible for students to borrow devices from schools, especially if the schools are in low-income areas with limited resources.

Comprehensive broadband planning is another must-have to meet the needs of teachers and students while avoiding a technology disruption. Because digital learning isn’t one-size-fits-all, school and district leaders have to work collaboratively to determine their teaching and learning needs and how broadband access supports those goals. Designing network capacity to support those goals, while also allowing for future growth, will ensure that digital learning needs are met.

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