Why I’m Optimistic U.S. Public Schools Can Close the Digital DivideAfter tuning into a Digital Learning Day laser-focused on digital equity, I left with guarded optimism that the nation's public schools might begin to close the digital divide. The reason for my cheer is twofold. First, a culture of experimentation is percolating across school districts from Missouri to North Carolina, Ohio to California. While some of the projects shared at DLD seemed more praiseworthy than others, I was relieved to see educators discussing failure as something other than a character flaw. Second, public schools are emerging as laboratories of technology experimentation. Given that they face the realities of social and economic inequality, public schools are uniquely equipped to support the disempowered. I am eager to see parents, teachers, administrators, and partners looking beyond boilerplate curricula.