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The Digital Divide: Resource Roundup

The "digital divide" is still a critical issue in education and beyond. Here's a roundup of resources and organizations to help educators understand the changing landscape and find information about supporting all learners to develop digital and media literacy.
By Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy), Ashley Cronin

Digital Access and Equity

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

    Edutopia blogger Hertz considers the implications of a new 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.

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

    Educational psychologist and consultant Day 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, blogger 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)

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

  • A Principal’s Perspective: Preparing to Distribute Student iPads? by Ben Johnson (2012)

    Principal Johnson shares how his school district moved forward to roll out iPads to their entire student body, the strategies they used, and offers up answers to some important questions.

  • 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?

  • A New Understanding of the Digital Divide, by Mary Beth Hertz (2011)

    Blogger and elementary school computer teacher Hertz discusses a new perspective on the digital divide -- not just access but "kind of access."

  • 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?

  • National Educational Technology Plan: Your Questions Answered, by Audrey Watters (2011)

    “An Internet-enabled device for every teacher and student in the country. Universal broadband access for homes and schools.” Blogger Watters demystifies these and other recommendations from the National Educational Technology Plan and the U.S. Department of Education.

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Supporting All Digital Learners

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International Comparisons

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