Technology is essential, but administrators must also figure out how to foot the bill. Securing funds to pay for emerging technology and even broadband access can be difficult for rural and poor districts. Yet, there are ways. For example, the Every Student Succeeds Act’s Title IV-A block grant makes $1.1 billion available for ed tech training.
Rural districts often rely on smaller tax bases, resulting in lower revenue streams. However, fewer students means a lower cost for technology.
The community is also more involved. Mentorships and volunteer opportunities can allow students to benefit from working directly with technology, providing work experience and hands-on application of skills.