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Complementary Webinar: Reaching Students When Access to Technology is Out of Reach

Wednesday, April 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Yumeka Brown
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As schools continue to be affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the  Freedom to Read Foundation is committed to providing information to help navigate existing barriers to information.  The webinar, Reaching Students When Access to Technology is out of Reach is now complementary to FTRF members and non-members.  

During this time of shelter-in-place directives, many students are able to continue studies through distance or eLearning. What happens when students are in areas so remote that they can’t reach internet access, and teachers are unable to get materials to them? Or when people are in a populated area but lacking the funds or supportive networks needed to attend school online or maintain a schedule? This is common in rural areas and cities throughout the United States. Join us to better understand existing barriers to technology and information and to hear what some librarians and educators are doing to help. FTRF Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone will provide a brief overview of Erate discounts for school telecommunications and internet access.

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 3 p.m. CST


  • Angela Branyon, assistant professor at the University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

  • Bob Bocher, State E-rate and Broadband Support Team, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison, WI

  • Erin Hollingsworth, District Librarian, North Slope Borough School District, Utqiaġvik, Alaska


  • Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Executive Director, Freedom to Read Foundation, Chicago, IL

Although the educational settings may change, students and educators alike continue to seek guidance and support during this pandemic. The Freedom to Read Foundation is offering this webinar for free to anyone who may benefit, and an archived video will be available to share with others. If you are able, please consider a donation to the foundation or an annual membership, to ensure this critical work continues."