Just a couple of years ago, we were really worried about the digital divide. We worried that kids from lower income homes wouldn’t have access to the Internet. We worried that schools with limited funding wouldn’t have resources to purchase the devices so important for learning. But in the blink of an eye, all of that has changed. We now live in a country where most people have access and use it. In the United States,84% of all adults and 96% of young adults report they are regular users.
Our schools play a vital role in ensuring kids can get online. Although there are still many homes without high speed Internet access, most schools now provide the broadband access needed for teachers to use tech in the classrooms. In the past, purchasing and deploying devices was a barrier. But now, with Chromebooks, schools are much better equipped than ever before. Chromebooks accounted for less than 1% of the education market just a few years ago, and now make up over half of all devices used in schools.
This means teachers can and should be incorporating technology into all they do in the classroom. We are long past the time when using tech for education was a choice. Our kids want it, need it, deserve it. Classhopper is doing its part by providing a new way to move obsolete reading logs into the 21st Century with its “Bookmark” app. And…we are thrilled to announce this app will be available for Chromebook this August – just in time for the new school year!