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BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

resources. Putnam City Schools, an economically diverse district of 27 schools
covering parts of Oklahoma City and two
other municipalities, has 17,000 tablets
available for 20,000 students as it transitions to a 1-to-1 program. The district
purchased the devices with school bonds
and has saved money by developing its
own digital curriculum.
"We can write our own digital textbooks so much cheaper than it actually
costs to purchase textbooks," says Cory
Boggs, Putnam's executive director of
information technology.
The district's teachers use open-educational resources to write all content, to
align it to state standards and to update
it annually. The textbooks contain references to local topics and interactive elements such as video snippets demonstrating math problems. The savings allows
the district to continue purchasing tablets
for every student.
Huntsville ISD in Texas also developed
a digital curriculum using OER to stretch
funds. The sprawling, 640-square-mile
district has 6,300 students in eight schools,
and another 1,000 students online. About
67 percent of students have been classified
as low socio-economic status.
The district's five-year technology plan
includes 1-to-1 access. It leases 3,000
Chromebooks to spread the cost over
three years and to free up funds for other
equity-related measures. For example, the
district is testing bus-based Wi-Fi on 15
vehicles, with plans to expand to the full
fleet of 100.
Virtual agility
Hutto ISD in Texas is one of the fastestgrowing districts in the state, having gone
from 6,800 students to 7,500 in the last
year alone. It's a minority-majority district with nine schools; 42 percent of students are designated low socio-economic
status and nearly 10 percent are ELLs.
Over the past three years, the district has developed a virtualized desktop.
Every student can now access Hutto's network with any device's internet browser
and will experience the equivalent of a
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CONSUMER SAVVY-The Chromebooks these Huntsville ISD students use
have been leased so the district can spread the cost of its 1-to-1 program out
over three years.

full PC with the speed and power of the
district's resources. Students can connect
to the network with Chromebooks and
lightweight zero-client devices-which
don't have hard drives and require substantially less power than full computers.
"It's pretty massive because we can
accommodate students who don't have a
computer or a device at home to access
school-supplied software, such as Photoshop or animation software," says Travis
Brown, Hutto's director of technology. "It
levels the playing field without having to
take on the financial burden of providing
every student with a $2,000 laptop."
CoSN's district approaches to
achieving digital equity:
* Partner with local businesses on
Wi-Fi access
* Seek mobile hotspot programs
and affordable LTE options
* Take advantage of special broadband offerings
* Repurpose the educational broadband service (EBS) spectrum
* Create a wireless communitybased mesh network

The initial capital expenditure was
$1.3 million, but the entire cost is being
recouped through the savings on drastically lower electricity-a reduction of
more than 25 percent-required by the
Chromebooks and zero clients.
The district also leases equipment to
spread the cost over a few years. "The
beauty of this solution is that we can
instantly scale and we're extremely agile,"
says Brown.
'Together we're better'
In Putnam City Schools, Connect2Compete-a program from internet provider
Cox Communications-offers highspeed internet access for $9.95 per month
to families of students who are on free or
reduced-price lunch.
"We are focused on a digital curriculum that is interactive and aligned to
what we need to teach, so we need all of
our students to have the same opportunities going forward," says Boggs, who
estimates nearly 200 families participate.
In a similar initiative, the Hamilton
County Department of Education in
Tennessee invites local internet providers
to back-to-school nights to sign up qualified families for discount programs.
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