By Paige Johnson, Intel’s K-12 Education Strategist
As the House and Senate vote to change the original “No Child Left Behind” into the “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA),” Intel is pleased to see a renewed emphasis on integrating technology into the classroom through the new Title IV’s emphasis on supporting devices, Internet applications, on-line learning, and technology professional development for America’s classroom educators. This flexible formula block grant will give districts the authority to choose technology based education for their classrooms as well as address the issues of inadequate home connectivity for low-income and rural students. This so-called “Homework Gap” has made it difficult, if not impossible, for tens of thousands of students to compete digital learning assignments, perform online research, apply to colleges, seek employment, and gain access to government services. With ESSA becoming the law of the land, local school authorities will decide how best to bridge the technology and connectivity gaps and provide many more US students and teachers the digital and collaborative tools they need to complete in the global marketplace.