The Digital Divide in Schools: We Can Make a Difference
Tamara Pearson, Colleen Swain, Univ. of Florida, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Overcoming the issues surrounding the Digital Divide often appears to be insurmountable. However, in our recent examination of 28 research studies and reports we found the emphasis to frequently be on matters of access and not equity in the learning environment. The studies dealing primarily with access suggest the gap between socioeconomic groups is declining. Yet, access to computers does not provide equitable learning environments. Findings from the literature we examined indicated three primary areas that influence the digital divide in the school system. These areas are frequency of use, the computer experience of students, and technology training for teachers. The encouraging aspect of our review of the literature is that teacher educators can have a positive influence on these areas. We can make a difference in the digital divide in the school systems.
Pearson, T. & Swain, C. (2001). The Digital Divide in Schools: We Can Make a Difference. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 371-376). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).