Millions of children continue to learn remotely or via a hybrid model during the pandemic, which has exposed digital divide issues nationwide that can negatively impact their ability to learn and achieve short- and long-term learning goals. A new survey, “How COVID-19 Reveals the Connectivity Gap in Remote Learning,” is actually an update to an original survey in May 2020 from weBoost, a cellular signal booster tech firm. New findings include:
- People continue to experience poor internet connectivity. Nearly 53% of respondents have experienced some sort of connectivity issues (internet, cellular or both) at home, while 48% of households had to rely on cellular data instead of WiFi/ethernet in the past 6 months.
- Families want in-person learning to continue. Only 35% of parents prefer for their children to learn online during the pandemic, while 59% of parents say their children would prefer to learn in person at least part of the time.
- Most people don’t know how to solve the problem. 82% of respondents don’t have a solution for fixing internet or cellular connectivity issues at home, the same percentage as in the original report.
Learn more in their full report.