Implications of the Digital Divide for Education R. Scotty Auble and Roberta Niche 8/19/01 ED 251 Introduction to the Digital Divide There is a disparity in access to computers and the Internet related to economic and/or racial status.
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R. Scotty Auble and Roberta Niche
Many government agencies are working separately and jointly to bridge the divide. Their efforts include:
“The equity question is far more complex than just a matter of hardware and funding, though. ‘Children in urban schools and children in suburban schools have a very different sense of self-efficacy when it comes to technology,’ says Louis M. Gomez, an associate professor of education and computer science at Northwestern University. ‘What I've come to understand of this problem is that it's about a culture in schools. There are urban schools that have access and still don't use the technology. It is because there is no culture of use.’”
From The Benton Foundation’s,“The Learning Connection”
Because of this, much focus is being placed on two key components that influence school/community culture:
“No Child Left Behind”
President George W. Bush’s Education blueprint, “No Child Left Behind”, addresses the digital divide. It focuses on streamlining programs run by various agencies into one source of funding.
It proposes to…………,
Key government agencies and their plans/programs for bridging the digital divide:
Transfers excess Federal computer equipment to schools, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need. The CFL website connects the registered needs of schools with available Government computer equipment. Federal agencies use the website to transfer computers based upon indications of need.
Improvement of Education (NFIE)
More private and government groups working to bridge the digital divide can be found at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology home page.