Being an effective, reputable citizen requires that digital learning communities are accessible to participants regardless of outside factors such as location, disability, and income disparity. How can these factors be minimized to create an equitable and accessible portal of resources and communication opportunities?
Part of this effort is to provide internet access to all. On the United States government website, the National Broadband Plan looks to broaden the access for all citizens to have access to the world wide web. The Broadband Deployment Data shares the coverage of access across America. In researching the map, the lowest access is in that of rural and tribal areas.
Students need equitable access to digital learning. Some of the barriers that are impeding students access are:
Cost of Internet Access/Computer Technologies
As educators, schools should make the effort to provide these opportunities for their students. Grants are available to help with this process. Communities should invest in technologies and access for all income levels regardless of location and age.