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Morning plenary movie screening: "Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America"

A 20-minute version of the movie will be shown followed by a chat with the film maker, Rory Kennedy.

Oct 25, 2018

At a time when American students from economically deprived schools are often ill-prepared for the global, digital economy, Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America, explores how technology can provide opportunities for learning and can help level the playing field. Further still – if such great parity in education can be achieved, what are the critical factors in determining that success.

The one-hour film, directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, focuses on digital inequities in public school classrooms, examining the challenges of providing connectivity, technology, and computer learning in public schools (Grades 6-12), as well as the transformative potential of fully equipping all students for the digital world.

The narrative is built, in part, around profiles of schools, educators and students that face extraordinary challenges with connectivity, access, hardware, and teacher training, but are nevertheless achieving remarkable success. These stories illustrate the complexity of the problems faced by the nation’s poorest school districts, and the need for multi-faceted solutions to the technology gap; combining reliable internet at school and at home with up-to-date, reliable devices, as well as innovative teacher training, custom-designed educational apps and visionary leadership.

The film is underwritten by Verizon, in connection with the Verizon Innovative Learning initiative that provides free access, free technology and hands-on learning to students in need.

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