Originally posted on Bluebird Network

Bluebird Network is joining thousands of teachers and students around the globe in celebrating the use of digital technology in education on February 22nd for Digital Learning Day. Throughout the pandemic, the transition to virtual and hybrid learning has been a bumpy road for many, especially in communities where there is limited and unreliable connectivity. Many teachers and students around the US are unable to effectively use digital learning tools to create or take advantage of a fruitful learning experience.

Even before the pandemic, students in underserved communities found it difficult to complete homework and utilize online resources in their independent studies because it required access to reliable broadband. The pandemic only stretched the existing digital divide even further. Currently, 13.6 million urban households and 4.6 million remote homes lack a strong internet connection, making it almost impossible for students to utilize digital learning tools no matter the learning environment (virtual, hybrid, in-person).

It’s imperative schools and other educational institutions partner with local service providers that offer strong and reliable broadband to meet the connectivity needs of the institution, the teachers, and especially the students. Strong and reliable internet allows students to utilize digital resources and foster a fruitful learning environment both in and out of the classroom.

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