Digital Divides, Opportunity Gaps, and Literacy Achievement

Matthew Hiefield

Matthew Hiefield

Educator and Digital Equity Expert


Release Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022

How can districts ensure all students have the same opportunities to the best education if all facets of learning are not equitable? The Digital Divide is not just about devices and the Internet, but it is also about pedagogy in our classrooms and opportunities for students. In this podcast, we will explore the different types of digital divides that occur in our schools with an award-winning equity expert, and we will also address the impact these divides have on literacy learning. Join us and see what you can learn from our guest as he shares the ways he and his district strive for absolute learning equity.

 

Guest Presenter

Matthew Hiefield

Matt Hiefield has 25 years of experience teaching at the high school level and is currently a digital curator and Social Studies TOSA for the Beaverton School District in Oregon. He has worked to integrate equity issues into local, state, and national conversations. At the local level, he helps lead district efforts on digital equity. He is the founder of his district's digital equity steering committee, and he co-wrote the district's original Sprint 1 million hotspot grant. In 2017, Hiefield was named Outstanding Telecommunications Advocate for Oregon. In 2018, he was part of Beaverton’s team that won CoSN’s 2018 National Award for Digital Equity Work. In 2020, Hiefield was named one of EdTech’s top influencers to follow. His community outreach includes digital equity and instruction at Latino Parent Nights as well as helping with community outreach and computer education at apartment complexes and parking lots.

He has presented at numerous conferences on digital equity and opportunity gaps and has served as an ISTE PLN Digital Equity co-president, an ISTE Digital Equity PLN editor, a CoSN Digital Equity Advisory council member, and currently serves on his district’s Equity Team. He has participated in CoSN’s efforts to learn, lobby, and inform his congressional representatives.

Hiefield tweets frequently about equity issues @MattHiefield. He has published numerous articles about digital equity issues and has presented at national conferences such as ISTE, CoSN, and ESSEA.

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