As Manitoba students study from home during pandemic, digital divide widens

By | April 18, 2020

Manitoba·New

Teachers, tutors and internet-rights advocates are banding together to supply families in need with computers, internet access and adequate bandwidth during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite their efforts, they admit demand is far greater than the current resources available, and learning loss will be inevitable.

Demand for technology far outweighs available resources, and educators fear learning loss will be inevitable

While efforts are underway to supply families in need with computers, internet access and adequate bandwidth, the demand far outweighs available resources, educators and advocates say. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

As more fortunate students across the province log in, their monitors and touchscreens shine a light on the possibilities of e-learning; they also expose how it’s near-impossible for students on the other side of the digital divide to keep up.

Teachers, tutors and so-called internet-rights advocates are banding together to supply families in need with computers, internet access and adequate bandwidth. Despite their efforts, they admit demand is far greater than the current resources available, and learning loss will be inevitable.

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