Professional Learning

Providing Schools with Tools for the Digital Age: Equality Is a Must

As technology tools change and improve the way we learn, they must also become available to all students and schools.

February 23, 2001

The digital divide describes a situation that has existed with each new technology, whether it's the automobile, the television, or the computer. Once a technology demonstrates a better, faster, and less expensive way of accomplishing tasks, it takes a while -- often a long while -- for it to catch on. For example, I first started to build a digital editing system in the 1980s to replace the time-consuming manual process of cataloguing and splicing. Now digital editing is the industry standard.

In many schools, teachers and administrators still do not have the basic technological tools to accomplish their jobs in this Digital Age. We must redouble our efforts to provide these tools to all educators and students and to demonstrate their value in teaching, learning, and the functioning of our schools.

Let's work towards making this the educational "industry standard."

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