How bad is internet availability for some? Let’s go to Limestone County, Alabama, where the News Courier has a rather sad article discussing the challenges that teachers in the area face when giving certain homework assignments to students.
Here, school districts are trying to offer more online-based assignments. Schools have given a number of students computers to bring home so that they can work on their assigned online projects. Unfortuately, many students can’t finish or even work on the projects because they either can’t access the internet or can’t afford it.
In fact, one school already requires that almost all homework given to students must be available offline. If a project does require any internet access, teachers must give students time during school hours to work on that project.
As the News Coutier writes, other schools in Alabama are now issuing similar rules because of the amount of students that can not access the internet at home.
Is it any wonder why Alabama is ranked dead last or next to dead last in almost all rankings basing states on their average broadband speed?
Meanwhile, in California, one school district wants to distribute a tablet computer to each of its 30,000 students starting next year. Only problem? More than 20 percent of households in their district don’t have an Internet connection at home, according to the 2014 Census. In specific parts of the district, the number is closer to 40 percent.