Closing the Digital Gap

Access to the internet is no longer a luxury, it is a basic human right. Vital tasks such as accessing healthcare, managing your finances, getting your license, and applying for a job, have become digital. Families need the internet and technology to connect to learning, resources, employment, and education.

Nonetheless, millions of Americans still have no access to broadband. Ethnic minorities, older adults, people of color, people with disabilities, low-income households, and families from rural areas are the most affected. These communities are already at a disadvantage, and the lack of access to technology creates new social and economic inequalities. This digital gap prevents equal participation and opportunity in all parts of life. Access to broadband in low-income areas is the first best step to help people who are struggling, access to affordable broadband is a game-changer. T-Mobile has great nationwide coverage and offers great deals for households.

New technologies need to be integrated into our daily lives; they enrich our daily lives in many aspects. The goal is to close the digital gap and become a society in which everyone has the same opportunities for access to new technologies.

Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information. It requires both cognitive and technical skills, and it is essential for living, learning, and working in a society where digital technologies are widely used.  

Digital Literacy has become as fundamental as math and literacy. It should be understood not only as a means but also as a new form of communication.

Giving students a computer and access to broadband certainly helps, but it is not enough, we have to include intentionality. We have to teach them the necessary skills to be competent in the use of new technologies, this is what will make their lives better.

PIQE and Digital Literacy

By listening to our families and recognizing this problem, PIQE made the decision to provide families with online learning that is linguistically and culturally responsive, expanding and enhancing digital literacy in every household.

We provide the following training for parents to respond to their schools’ platforms and programs:

  • One-one-one assessment of each family by PIQE facilitator/coordinator in their native language to assess connectivity and online platform in response to current parent and school needs.
  • One-on-one coaching with each family in their native language on how to access multiple channels of online and virtual communication to acquire vital resources, connect with peers and teachers, and connect to academic tools for their family.

Coaching includes establishing an email and how to use email, mobile technology, SMS/text, web navigation, push notifications, social media, video conferencing, and the school’s parent portal and website.

Parents will also learn about online security, protecting passwords, and preventing phishing frauds.

Fuente: Community Technetwork