Disparities in access to adequate broadband, devices, and digital literacy create conditions of inequity for Minnesota’s children and their families. The Minnesota Department of Education divisions of Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness, Career and College Success, Equity and Inclusion, and State Library Services are leading work within the agency and collaborating with external partners so that every Minnesotan can fully participate in education and social, economic, and civic life.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program – A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. One monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. The program will end when the fund runs out of money or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program resources for schools and districts – This resource provides materials for schools, districts, libraries, and other community-based organizations to share information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program including an outreach toolkit.
This video for families explains how to get connected to the Internet at home, including information on connection type, speeds and tips for basic troubleshooting.
Parents and caregivers who support students can use this online module to improve their ability to interact with digital learning platforms and communicate with teachers.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) selected Literacy Minnesota to create a Community Needs Assessment Report (the Report) that identifies and assesses actions taken to close the digital divide across the state since March 2020. The Report was funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and completed in December 2020.
Digital Inclusion Toolkit - 12/28/20
Technology is a necessary part of education in the 21st century and is constantly changing. The Minnesota Department of Education provides information and strategies to improve access for families.