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A ‘COVID Slide’ could widen the digital divide for students

WIRED, Aug. 7, 2020

August 7, 2020

A ‘COVID Slide’ could widen the digital divide for students

“Throwing computers into social, educational problems doesn’t really solve them,” says [Mark] Warschauer, the researcher from UC Irvine. There are, he points out, steps that can be taken to mitigate the unequal impact of school closures, like continuing to train teachers in distance learning best practices, prioritizing in-person learning for the youngest students, and investing in catch-up after the pandemic.