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Narrowing the Digital Divide: Encouraging the Development of Digital Competencies in K-12 Teachers

, , , Bowling Green State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Abstract: Access to appropriate technological resources in schools has become an issue, commonly labeled the “digital divide.” While the debate ensues in regards to an explicit definition for this phenomenon, research overwhelmingly demonstrates that students of marginalized populations remain on the lower end of access to and innovative use of current digital technologies. Accordingly, advocates of social justice point to the disparities of resources and quality learning opportunities experienced by students in poverty, including their exposure to dynamic technology integration in teaching and learning. Ultimately, teachers must be the ones to creatively integration digital technologies in their classrooms. This study documents the growth among teachers of underserved populations in the area of digital competencies, over a yearlong professional development project.


Banister, S., Vannatta Reinhart, R. & Ross, C. (2013). Narrowing the Digital Divide: Encouraging the Development of Digital Competencies in K-12 Teachers. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4662-4669). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 18, 2019 from .

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