Boulder Valley School District

Excellence Through Equity Projects

Bridging the Digital Divide (Digital Literacy Classes)

Why is this important?

Since 2018, digital literacy courses have been offered to parents with the intent of familiarizing them with a Chromebook, IC, email, google classroom, the variety of BVSD learning platforms, and the basic features of the World Wide Web. Parents' access to technology has a direct correlation to the oppotunity gap. By empowering parents with technology and digital literacy instruction, they gain an understanding of and access to the education system. They are empowered with an independent ability to communicate with teachers, administration, district offices, as well as with the skill to check and monitor their children's homework assignments, grades, attendance, etc.

Project Description

Parents sign up for a two-hour, 8 week digital literacy course with Lara Van Matre: http://bridgingdigitaldivides.org. Bridging Digital Divides hosts computer classes at BVSD schools for Spanish-speaking and non-English speaking families. The classes have a 90% graduation rate. After the course, participants report not only feeling more equipped to navigate online systems, such as the parent portal, but also express a budding confidence in their ability to learn independently. All participants who have satisfactorily completed the course and paid $60 toward instruction and the Chromebook, are invited to keep their devices.

Actions Taken/Timeline

Spring 2017 - present

  • Students