The Department of Public Instruction is leading a variety of initiatives to address the Digital Equity Gap faced by many children and families in our state.
Digital Learning Bridge (Video Overview, 5 min.)
Wisconsin DPI has partnered with CESA Purchasing to create the Wisconsin Digital Learning Bridge. This initiative provides districts with an efficient process for checking address serviceability, comparing, and purchasing discounted offers with a variety of vendors for internet service, hardware, and software. Districts now have the option to purchase bulk internet subscriptions on behalf of households they designate. Visit the Wisconsin Digital Learning Bridge website for more information.
Digital Equity Gap Data Collection
Wisconsin DPI strives to make the process of collecting and analyzing Digital Equity Gap Data more efficient with a variety of Internet Survey Tools. Districts now have the ability to dynamically push information from the new common question fields published in their local student information system (SIS) to a new WISEdash (For Districts) Digital Equity Dashboard via the WISEData Ed-Fi API. Tools for collecting responses and entering them into the local SIS include 1) districts writing their own surveys using the DPI provided common questions, 2) using built in features of the SIS to survey families (i.e. annual online registration), and 3) using a DPI provided English/Spanish Qualtrics survey link.