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 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.
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. Districts can also obtain specific information on vendor serviceability for each student address. Districts start this process by requesting a data sharing agreement and sample address file from DPI by completing this Digital Learning Bridge Data Use Sign-Up Form.
Digital Equity Gap Mapping Tool
Wisconsin DPI has partnered with EducationSuperHighway to offer school districts in Wisconsin maps that help visualize student connectivity data. Districts can use this mapping tool to identify unconnected households and help find internet service provider options. Districts can take advantage of this data visualization by submitting student address and digital equity data through WISEdata. Visit the Digital Learning Bridge Mapping Tool Guidance page for more information about granting district users access to the map through WISEhome.