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The Digital Divide: Resource Roundup

Learn more about the changing landscape of the "digital divide" in education and beyond, and explore resources that discuss how to help all students develop digital and media literacy.
By Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy), Ashley Cronin
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Digital Access and Equity

  • Is Your School #FutureReady? by Suzie Boss (2014)

    Two recent events have the potential to help schools nationwide get up to speed when it comes to internet access and equity.

  • How Teachers Use Technology: The Latest Research, by Mary Beth Hertz (2013)

    Hertz considers the implications of a study by Pew Research about how teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms and what it can tell us about the digital divide. Also consider reading her earlier post from 2011, "A New Understanding of the Digital Divide," for a discussion of earlier studies and what they said about differences in types of access among groups of students.

  • Bridging the New Digital Divide, by Lori Day (2013)

    Day, an educational psychologist and consultant, suggests that the new digital divide is more about the speed of tech upgrades than the gap between tech haves and have-nots.

  • Celebrating Access to Information, by Anne O'Brien (2012)

    On Johann Gutenberg's birthday, O'Brien highlights the unprecedented access to information available in our world today and issues related to equalizing access.

  • Beyond the Teachers' Lounge: The Emerging Connection Gap, by Mary Beth Hertz (2012)

    Hertz reflects on the growing digital divide between the educators who are tapped into the global community and the educators who are not.

  • Crossing the Digital Divide: Bridges and Barriers to Digital Inclusion, by Sara Bernard (2011)

    Now that we've reached the second decade of the new millennium, how is digital access changing, and what are the implications for schools?

  • Should We Be Concerned About an App Gap? by Audrey Watters (2011)

    There is a growing disparity between those who have used apps on mobile devices and those who have not, writes Watters, but what is the real impact?

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Supporting All Digital Learners

  • Why Reading Mattters: An Interview With a School Leader, by Bob Lenz (2014)

    An instructional development director from a charter schools network in the San Francisco area shares his plan for acquiring 300 donated digital reading devices for students.

  • Big Thinkers: Nichole Pinkard on Digital Literacy (2013)

    The founder of Chicago's pioneering Digital Youth Network (DYN) describes how the organization empowers young people with critical digital literacy skills that make them academically and professionally competitive.

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International Comparisons

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Other Resources From Edutopia

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Articles From the Vault

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