Digital Divide

Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide?

Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide?

| August 16, 2013 | 14 Comments

Universities across the country are experimenting with MOOCs (massive open online courses) as a way to make higher education more affordable and accessible to all students. The premise of MOOCs has, to some, come to mean the democratization of quality higher education, a way of equalizing the playing field for students of every demographic. But that’s not always the outcome.

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Why Computers Alone Won’t Move the Needle

Why Computers Alone Won’t Move the Needle

| June 4, 2013 | 10 Comments

Though a large study showed that the act of giving kids computers did not alone affect grades or attendance, the results may have been different had the students had some guidance on how to best use the computers and if teachers had been involved in connecting the home computers with what was going on in the classroom.

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Internet Access for All: A New Program Targets Low-Income Students

Internet Access for All: A New Program Targets Low-Income Students

| March 21, 2013 | 19 Comments

Getty Technology has often been called a democratizer in education, allowing students from all backgrounds to access the same resources and tools. Others see potential for technology to do great harm, widening an already substantial achievement gap related to issues of equity. Access to technology costs money and some fear lower-income schools and students will […]

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For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer

For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer

| March 13, 2013 | 44 Comments

No device should ever be hailed as the silver bullet in “saving” education — nor should it be completely shunned — but when it comes to the possibility of bridging the digital divide between low-income and high-income students, devices may play a pivotal role. Access to the Internet connects kids to all kinds of information […]

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Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Schools

Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Schools

| June 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Sarah Butrymowicz By Sarah Butrymowicz Surrounded by farmland and ranches, Colorado’s Edison School sits off an unpaved road, with tumbleweeds blowing across its dirt parking lot. As recently as a few years ago, many families relied on solar or wind power instead of electricity; today, many still haul home their water from wells. Principal […]

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Can the Flipped Classroom Benefit Low-Income Students?

Can the Flipped Classroom Benefit Low-Income Students?

| June 18, 2012 | 8 Comments

By Sarah Butrymowicz When Portland, Ore., elementary school teacher Sacha Luria decided last fall to try out a new education strategy called “flipping the classroom,” she faced a big obstacle. Flipped classrooms use technology—online video instruction, laptops, DVDs of lessons—to reverse what students have traditionally done in class and at home to learn. Listening to […]

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Students Demand the Right to Use Technology in Schools

Students Demand the Right to Use Technology in Schools

| March 6, 2012 | 16 Comments

We’ve heard arguments from ed tech experts about how using technology for learning may in fact deepen the divide between wealthy and low-income kids. Students who have access to technology and are encouraged by teachers and parents to leverage it for new ways of learning, the argument goes, will leap even further ahead than low-income […]

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For At-Risk Youth, is Learning Digital Media a Luxury?

For At-Risk Youth, is Learning Digital Media a Luxury?

| July 22, 2011 | 16 Comments

For schools in low-income communities, the idea of investing money, time, and energy into a digital media program or mobile-learning program might seem superfluous. Administrators and teachers already have so much to contend with — safety issues in high-crime communities, chronic student truancies, debilitating health issues due to poverty, families in constant state of flux, […]

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Ignore the Potential of Mobile Learning, Risk Widening the Digital Divide

Ignore the Potential of Mobile Learning, Risk Widening the Digital Divide

| July 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

From S. Craig Watkins’ blog The Young and The Digital. In the following post, Watkins talks about how he’s witnessing these trends in his field work. By S. Craig Watkins During a recent research related visit to New York City I decided to take a stroll down 125th Street in Harlem.  Among the assortment of […]

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What Exactly Can You Learn on a Mobile Phone?

What Exactly Can You Learn on a Mobile Phone?

| June 24, 2011 | 4 Comments

The mobile phone has been lauded as a tool with the potential to close the digital divide between the haves and have-nots. But what type of learning is best suited for a small mobile device?

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