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Digital Inclusion

Digital technologies are leading to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged families and schools. Nearly 30% of families - mostly low-income, don't have high-speed broadband access at home. 

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MyFamily@School Overview & FAQ

The first step in school improvement is family engagement. MyFamily@School provides free and low cost broadband, computers, software and training to struggling families in high-poverty public schools. 

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Here are our most frequently asked questions below:

  • How does MyFamily@School close gaps?

  • Why do low income families need our help connecting?

  • How can you get involved?

  • Which parents get involved?

  • How does Project Appleseed provide discounted computers and free broadband?

  • Why do low income families "NEED" digital technologies?

  • Do you need additional information & resources?

"A 10% increase in

parental participation

(a form of social capital) would increase academic achievement far more than a 10% increase in school spending."

How does the program close homework gaps?

Communicating is Slice Three in the ​Six Slices of Parental Involvement. Technology makes school-to-home and home-to-school communications with all families the important first step in organizing family engagement in public schools. Through our partnership with EveryoneOn, Project Appleseed is closing the "Homework Gap". Our goal is to accelerate the deployment and adoption of broadband to unserved and underserved communities and populations. We use broadband technology to increase home-to-school communication to achieve two goals:

Close the Achievement Gap   

  • Targets high-poverty, underperforming, Title I middle and high schools for improvement

  • Engages parents as learning partners

  • Helps students improve achievement, work habits, motivation and attendance

  • Encourages enrollment in more challenging courses and college

Close the Homework Gap

  • Provides for families who lack home computers and broadband    

  • Infuses technology into all aspects of student learning at school and home                               

  • Makes technology relevant with school-centered parent education and engagement

  • Increases access to knowledge and economic leverage

Why do low income families need our help connecting?

Nearly 30% of families - mostly low-income, don't have high-speed broadband access at home. These are some of the poorest families in the most challenging schools. The digital divide is about more than owning smart phones. Those who are not connected are digital have-nots, with limited access to knowledge and economic leverage. 

These families also tend to have low parental involvement rates with very limited access to information about schools, students’ behavior, attendance, progress and performance. Children cannot access the tools they need to learn and compete from home. 80% of AP teachers agree that today’s digital technologies are leading to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged schools and school districts. Family employment is difficult because 80% of Fortune 500 companies post their job openings online. Fifty percent of today’s jobs require technology skills.

How can you get involved?

Digital technologies are leading to greater disparities between affluent and disadvantaged families and schools.

Here is how you can help:

You make a donation.

Your tax-deductible gifts of $10 or more are processed by Justgive. Donate now! or build a targeted technology gift!

Funding buys computers & more.

Desktops, laptops, tablets, & broadband modems are purchased at big discounts from EveryoneOn. Schools request gifts here.

Homework Gap Closed.

Equipment, training & family engagement is delivered directly to a struggling family or the parent group at targeted schools. Details.

Which parents get involved?

Project Appleseed engages three distinct groups of parents

Public Agenda research demonstrates that public school parents fall into three categories. Project Appleseed's MyFamily@School is designed to engage each group with evidence based strategies.

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