Digital Literacy for African-American and English Learner Students

Sheridan Elementary School will be using their 2017-18 Innovation Award to increase access to technology for students and professional development for teachers to support this work.

The Challenge

Many of the students at Sheridan live in socio-economically disadvantaged households, and school surveys indicate that most families from that demographic have smartphones but lack computer access to the internet at home. Because the school also has limited technology available to students, many of their students lack consistent and sufficient access to 21st century technology that is required for learning digital skills to access content from the internet and navigate online systems. Providing greater access to technology and more opportunity to learn and practice digital literacy skills will help all students, but particularly their focal students, thrive academically as well as in the their lives outside of school.

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