digital-divide

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 | 45 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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By the Numbers: Teachers, Tech, and the Digital Divide

By the Numbers: Teachers, Tech, and the Digital Divide

| February 28, 2013 | 9 Comments

A new Pew Research survey of more than 2,400 middle school and high school teachers released today shows that, while teachers believe technology has helped with their teaching, it’s also brought new challenges — including the possibility of creating a bigger rift between low-income and high-income students. A few highlights from the report: While 92% […]

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Can the Flipped Classroom Benefit Low-Income Students?

Can the Flipped Classroom Benefit Low-Income Students?

| June 18, 2012 | 10 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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Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries

Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries

| May 7, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Jenny Shank Public libraries are a major hub for Americans to gain access to e-books and other digital resources. But the nation’s recent economic troubles and the transition to digital books are creating major difficulties for these public institutions. Last month, the American Library Association released its annual State of America’s Libraries Report, and […]

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Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”?

Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”?

| August 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

In the past two days, I’ve received a few comments and emails from readers about different articles that all point to the same problem: frustration over lack of money to take advantage of all these transformational tech tools that we write about here. In response to The Most Anticipated Tech Tools of Back to School, […]

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Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life?

Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life?

| July 28, 2011 | 5 Comments

How can learning to blog make a lasting impact on a 12-year-old boy living in a rough, East Oakland neighborhood? In the second installment of MindShift’s My Education series, which examines whether technology in learning can have a lasting impact on low-income kids through the perspective of one child, the question focuses on Makeal Surrell, […]

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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? Part II

What Exactly Can You Learn on a Mobile Phone? Part II

| June 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

Here’s the second part of my original interview with Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist who studies new media use in young people. Ito is co-author of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media, and has been studying the subject of how kids interact with mobile devices. Ito talks […]

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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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How Californians Might be Closing the Digital Divide

How Californians Might be Closing the Digital Divide

| June 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

For those who can’t afford or don’t have access to computers, can smart phones serve as substitutes? The question of whether mobile devices can close the digital divide between the haves and have-nots came up again yesterday with the release of a report by the Public Policy Institute of California. Among many other findings, the […]

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