Sunday, May 14, 2017

Is the digital divide entirely different from what we think it is? - JEFF RUBENSTEIN, eSchool News

Interestingly, closing the digital divide within classrooms may have more to do with digital citizenship than hardware. For a while now, there’s been a great deal of concern over the digital divide—the gap between students who have easy access to technology and those who don’t. Most debates center on choosing the best classroom hardware to bridge the gap: ‘Should we try to get a laptop on every desk? Tablets? Two-in-ones?’ However, the hardware debate obscures a deeper issue. It doesn’t matter what kind of technology a student uses, so much as what the student is encouraged to do with it. The subtler, but no less harmful, digital divide is between the students who are empowered to be creators and problem solvers with technology, and those who aren’t. http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/04/27/digital-divide-different/

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