51% of principals say ensuring student access to technology outside of school (digital equity) is a major challenge today, compared to only 30% of principals in 2010.
1/5 of students say they are impacted by the homework gap - they cannot do homework because they lack Internet access outside of school.
68% of students say they need safe and consistent Internet access outside of school to be successful in school.
68% of teachers are reluctant to assign digital homework out of concern that their students do not have safe and consistent home Internet access. 51% say they need that confidence in order to effectively integrate technology in the classroom.
|Allowing students on campus early or after school to access school network||68%||16%||16%|
|Encouraging libraries or other public Internet locations to give students priority access||52%||21%||27%|
|Instructing students to download web-based assignments and resources to USB sticks while at school||45%||20%||34%|
|Discouraging homework assignments that are 100% Internet dependent||37%||17%||46%|
|Providing WiFi access in the school parking lot for staff and students||34%||15%||52%|
|Working with businesses to provide safe locations for student Internet access||17%||24%||46%|
|Equipping school buses with WiFi hotspots||5%||24%||71%|
|Paying for home Internet for low-income families||4%||14%||83%|
Source: Speak Up 2015 Research Project for Digital Learning Findings - the results of the authentic, unfiltered views of 505,676 K-12 students, parents and educators nationwide.