Washington, DC — The Maryland Society for Educational Technology continue to be at the front of student advocacy as it attended the National Digital Equity Summit at the U.S. Department of Education today. The Office of Educational Technology (OET) reported out on its Digital Equity Education Roundtables (DEER), an initiative that seeks to close the digital divide and enable all learners in PK-12, higher education, and adult education to unlock technology-enabled opportunities for learning and fully participate in a digital society.
“OET gave a thorough overview of its new Digital Equity plan that it released to the public today,” Advocacy Chair Carmella Doty explained. “Digital equity is more than access to devices. It goes into devices, broadband, proper training, and much, much more. We are excited to see how the state of Maryland is going to comply with the new guidance and how MSET can continue to support this initiative.”
The U.S. Department of Education’s OET leverage its experience in setting the national vision for the effective use of technology for learning, strong relationships with educators and education ecosystems, and commitment to co-creating solutions with communities to drive the national dialogue on the adoption of reliable, high-speed internet and technology for learning and catalyze collective action to remove barriers for learners, families/caregivers, and communities. It envisions a future in which every learner has the information, support, and skills to equitably access affordable, reliable, high-speed internet service, adequate internet-enabled devices, digital literacy training, quality technical support, and applications and online content designed to facilitate self-sufficiency, participation, and collaboration.
To access information from the National Digital Equity Summit, view the resources below: