Tech and the Achievement Gap

I started Classkick — and offer it to teachers for free — because I want to expand educational access for all students.

But it isn’t that simple: While technology has the potential to narrow the achievement gap, it may ultimately widen it. Will students in underserved communities have meaningful access to technology and training in their classrooms and at home? Or, will the digital divide soon exacerbate the already enormous inequalities between schools serving high and low-income students? We are building Classkick because we believe it requires a concerted effort to design a product and business that addresses the needs of all learners — one that reflects what young people actually find relevant to their lives, and what they don’t.

In his interview with NPR, Rooted School founder Jonathan Johnson raises another set of questions about students and technology — and delivers a compelling response. Technology isn’t only changing educational resources within the classroom; it is also changing the very nature of our job market. As more jobs require technical skills, we must go beyond providing technology in the classroom to actively preparing all students for careers in the new economy. A shout out to Johnson and all educators who are asking the tough questions in order to prepare kids for success in the classroom and beyond.