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Mistaking Computers for Technology: Technology Literacy and the Digital Divide
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, University of Georgia, United States

AACE Journal Volume 14, Number 3, ISSN 1065-6901 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

** Invited as a paper from ED-MEDIA 2004 ** No other information and communication technology has swept the globe with greater speed than the Internet, having the potential to promote vast social, economic, and political transformations. As new technologies become available the pattern of adoption and diffusion creates disparities in access and ownership. At the most basic this gap is termed the digital divide and its most common antidote has been the computer. To close this divide, sizeable capital has been spent on deploying computer integration into public schools around the globe. This article uses the case of Brazil to analyze the role of computers in schools as tools to close the digital divide and promote pedagogical change. Massive computer integration will not be the cure for to the digital gap. As new technological tools continue to develop, new gaps will arise. An approach focusing on technology literacy is the only sustainable way to avoid present and future technological divides.

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Amiel, T. (2006). Mistaking Computers for Technology: Technology Literacy and the Digital Divide. AACE Journal, 14(3), 235-256. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 17, 2019 from .

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