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.
Originally Published: October 27, 2011 | Updated: January 26, 2015
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.
- Should Coding Be the "New Foreign Language" Requirement? by Anna Adam, Helen Mowers (2013)
Digital learning specialists Adam and Mowers explain how the ability to code is becoming the most in-demand global resource for the 21st century and why coding should become the new foreign language requirement in our schools.
- Teaching Toddlers to Tweet? Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students, by Beth Holland (2013)
Holland, communication coordinator and instructor at EdTech Teacher, gives three age-appropriate examples of introducing social media to children in the lower elementary grades.
- Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype, by Mary Beth Hertz (2012)
Hertz invites us to look at our assumptions that all kids are born tech-savvy and encourages us to think more globally about how we can teach them to thrive as citizens in a digital world.
- Using Blogs to Engage English Language Learners, by Jon Schwartz (2011)
A fourth-grade teacher uses blogging to help close the digital divide in his classroom in Oceanside, California.
- Digital Literacy is the Bedrock for Lifelong Learning, by Vanessa Vega (2011)
Bridging the digital divide means more than just access to devices, it includes digital literacy, which ensures informed citizens and the birth of new ideas.
- Why Media Literacy is Not Just for Kids, by Suzie Boss (2011)
Boss proposes that media and digital literacy is not just for students, but essential for all citizens nationwide.
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- In India, a School That Empowers Students and Teachers, by Suzie Boss (2013)
What happens when students and teachers are immersed in an environment that encourages innovation and risk-taking?
- The Hole in the Wall Project and the Power of Self-Organized Learning, by Sugata Mitra (2012)
Sugata Mitra's Hole in the Wall experiments, conducted in New Delhi and in other communities in India, showed that children could teach themselves, and each other, how to use technology.
- International Comparisons in Digital Literacy: What Can We Learn? by Anne O'Brien (2012)
O'Brien discusses the data from PISA, a worldwide evaluation of 15-year-old school pupils' scholastic performance, and implications from the overview of performance in digital reading, navigation and computer use.
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Other Resources From Edutopia
- Technology Integration in Education
Explore Edutopia's coverage on technology integration, including our review of the research on how to successfully use technology in the classroom.
- Education Equity
Explore the content on Edutopia's Education Equity page to find and share ways to ensure all students have equal access to the opportunities, support, and tools they need to succeed.
- Classroom Guides: Mobile Devices for Learning, How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School, and Top Ten Tips for Teaching With New Media
Edutopia's classroom guides include useful information about bridging the digital divide, considerations for technology integration, and resources for teaching digital and media literacy.
- Resource Roundups: Digital Citizenship, Assistive Technology, Mobile Learning, and Social Media
Browse the articles, blogs, and resources within these resource compilations for more information about digital citizenship (including digital and media literacy), assistive technology, mobile technology, and social media tools.
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