Robust and reliable access to current and emerging
technologies and digital resources, with connectivity for all students,
including those with special needs, teachers, staff and school
What is it?
To bridge socioeconomic gaps and truly support digital
learning for all students, an initiative must ensure sufficient bandwidth and
connection speeds to allow learning and teaching to occur anytime, with limited
interruptions resulting from infrastructure problems. But equitable access means
more than simply providing devices and connectivity. It also means giving every
student the opportunity to learn from teachers who understand how to use
technology to both enhance learning and create quality learning experiences for
students with special needs.
Why is it important?
Technology offers the potential to improve education for
disadvantaged students, regardless of at-home availability — but only if all
students are able to fully participate. When planning for technology
implementation, it’s imperative to consider not only the number of technology
devices you need but also how you can leverage available digital resources to
meet learning and teaching goals.
Technology has proven particularly effective for meeting the
needs of students with special needs. The ISTE Standards require teachers to
have access to both the tools and the skills to support this
What does it look like?
As part of any systemwide technology plan, leaders should develop
a strong foundation of policies addressing the various elements needed for equal
access. These policies should:
- Ensure individuals know how to access the
- Outline where to go for help getting access
flexible enough to accommodate diverse learners and instructional