Bridging the Digital Divide for Students — Nevada Digital Learning Collaborative

  • Connect all students to broadband. In July 2020, a group of business and education leaders formed a public-private coalition, “Connecting Kids,” to identify kids excluded from virtual learning because they lack home broadband access or a digital device.1 The program connected more than 120,000 of Nevada’s nearly half a million public school students before the start of the 2020–2021 academic school year. The approach to connectivity varies based on where students are in the state. While most students received a traditional internet connection, some were connected via hotspots,2 and others through partnership with PBS, which broadcasts instructional materials through in-home televisions.
  • Centralized repository of high-quality materials. NvDLC established a centralized website where students, families, and educators can find over 200 free classroom resources related to digital learning. Users have a wide variety of search categories that run the gamut across school subjects such as English language arts, STEM, computer science, fine arts, and world languages. Topics are organized according to grade level (elementary, middle, and high school) and by types of pedagogies (blended, hybrid, or remote). New content is added on an ongoing basis that is available online to all, but the content is also embedded in Nevada’s Learning Management System, Canvas.
  • Professional development for educators. Nevada’s Digital Ambassadors, previously called “Digital Engineers,” are a cohort of 42 educators, including district and school administrators. They work collaboratively to create online professional development content (e.g., podcasts, video chats, how-to guides, live panel discussions) and provide localized training to provide knowledge and best practices for working in a digital environment.

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