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Digital Divide

Learn about issues related to equalizing access to technology and providing opportunities for all learners to engage in experiences that develop digital literacy.

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    On Standardized Tests, Students Face an ‘Online Penalty’

    Switching from paper to online standardized tests caused significant drops in students’ scores—and vulnerable students were hurt the worst.
    Youki Terada
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    Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being

    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
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    How Phones Can Facilitate Distance Learning

    Many students lack either high-speed internet or computers, but teachers can use phones for both academic and community-building purposes.
  • A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

    Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis, in the first half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, positions it as a vital life skill and provides 12 positive examples of classroom use.
  • Two girls look at a laptop screen together in class.

    Getting the Most Out of Hour of Code

    An hour of coding is a fun beginner’s experiment for teachers or parents to do with kids—these resources make it easy as well.
  • The Hole in the Wall Project and the Power of Self-Organized Learning

    Sugata Mitra's Hole in the Wall project showed that children could teach themselves, and each other, how to use technology.
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    Resources for Closing the Digital Divide

    Learn more about the changing landscape of the "digital divide," and explore resources that discuss how to improve digital access and help all students develop digital and media literacy.
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    Coding in the Classroom: A Long-Overdue Inclusion

    By promoting code literacy, schools could improve education equity, offer inclusion for students with ASD, improve STEM proficiency, and build neuroplasticity associated with multilingual education.
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    Free Resources and Downloads for Project Learning

    Educators from Maine have shared details about their administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials you may adapt for your class, school, or school district.
  • Five young students are leaning against a bus all looking at mobile devices.

    Engage Parents as Partners to Close the Digital Divide

    As a homegrown solution, schools aren't waiting for federal funding. Instead, they are enlisting parents as partners to help close the digital divide.
  • Crossing the Digital Divide: Bridges and Barriers to Digital Inclusion

    Now that we’ve reached the second decade of the new millennium, how is digital access changing, and what are the implications for schools?
  • How Teachers Use Technology: The Latest Research

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz considers the implications of a new study by Pew Research about how teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms.
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    Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

    New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.
  • A New Understanding of the Digital Divide

    The digital divide is no longer an issue of access. Instead, there is a widening gap between those who use technology to be entertained and those who are empowered by it.
  • Creating Learning Environments

    Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes that in the digital information age, the teacher's main role will be to guide and motivate students and provide rationale for learning.

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