To help close the digital divide, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved up to $2.5 million to purchase more than 10,000 hotspots to ensure secondary students have Wi-Fi access while learning from home.
Survey responses from 18,000 Dallas ISD families showed that about 30 percent of district households don’t have Internet access. Dallas ISD Chief Technology Officer Jack Kelanic said the mobile hotspots–which provide access to high-speed Internet–are a near-term solution to support secondary students in successfully learning from home.
The devices enable students to access online instructional resources and the Internet in general, while also including security and content filtering to protect the students online.
“We have found that hotspots are an effective way to provide Internet access to our families,” Kelanic said. “It’s very important that all of our students have equal access to the best educational possibilities, even while we’re facing adversities.”
Meanwhile, the Dallas Education Foundation, the nonprofit philanthropic arm of Dallas ISD, is fundraising with the business community to purchase additional hotspots.
The district expects to start distributing the hotspots within several weeks. Secondary students interested in a hotspot should contact their principal."