POLICY & ADVOCACY

July 21st, 2020

The Promise and Peril of Education Technology

With the ever-increasing use of technology in education, and especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates and educators find themselves at a crossroads. The use of high-quality and accessible technology in schools can support higher levels of learning, facilitate rigorous learning opportunities, and close opportunity gaps. On the other hand, inadequate access to these technologies for some groups of students or the spread of inaccessible technologies or those that fail to enhance learning only threaten to widen existing opportunity divides. This report, Promise and Peril, and the accompanying suite of resources for parents, educators and policy makers, aim to spotlight key ed tech issues before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic and empower schools to innovate and serve all learners effectively. 

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While COVID-19 is disruptive to daily life in many ways, challenges brought about by the pandemic do not eliminate students’ educational and civil rights. NCLD will continue to work with partners to find new ways to provide a quality education to students with disabilities and develop resources for parents, educators, and policymakers as we find our way through this crisis.

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