Most of us take for granted all that we depend on technology to help us accomplish in our daily lives — everything from driving directions and scheduling a doctor’s appointment to finishing college, writing a resumé, and applying for a job. As essential as digital tools and skills are in everyday life, many in Connecticut are still unconnected or lack the skills to use technology effectively.
Consider for a moment the times you may struggle with technology and think about those that may not have the experience or background that you do. Some technology works well on mobile devices; some only works on desktops or laptops. Members of the public often struggle with using technology for a variety of reasons that hold them back from the rich opportunities that are available online.
For this reason, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded DAS funding late last year to develop a five-year Digital Equity Plan. The team within DAS’s Commission for Educational Technology has engaged in months of research — from focus groups to resident surveys — to understand what gets in the way of people accessing, affording, and using digital tools.
The Commission is writing the State’s Digital Equity Plan, including initiatives that help people afford high-speed connections, computers, and the training and support they need to flourish in today’s digital world. If you or others have ideas we should consider as part of the plan, DAS wants to hear from you. Just visit www.CT.gov/DigitalEquity for a video overview of the program as well as a form to submit your ideas on how to bring technology within reach of every Connecticut resident.
For more information about the State’s Digital Equity efforts, contact the Commission at DigitalEquity@ct.gov.
Doug Casey, Executive Director
Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology