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National Educational Technology Plan Calls for Closing Digital Access Divide

In January 2024, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology released the 2024 National Educational Technology Plan (NETP.) The plan centers around closing the digital divide in three major areas: digital use, digital design, and digital access.

Stating that “the Digital Access Divide stands between those students and educators who have equitable, sustainable access to connectivity, devices, and digital content and those who do not,” the NETP cites the interconnection of availability, affordability, and adoption as the major components of the digital access divide. The Plan recommends leveraging “public/private partnerships and community collaboration to bring broadband internet access to previously under-connected areas and ensure student access to ‘everywhere, all-the-time learning.’”

The National Educational Technology Plan may be viewed here.

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