Reaching All Students

Technology will either deepen the chasm between the best and the worst SMET education or help the very best SMET education reach all learners. It will require a conscious and sustained effort to avoid the former and realize the latter. If, but only if, extending the reach of the best SMET education is made an explicit goal, a national digital library for SMET education can have a significant and salutory impact.

Although the cost of hardware, software, and network access are well-known obstacles to wider use of information technology, there are other important obstacles. NSDL will need to work on all the potential obstacles, including but not limited to: