EdTech 501 Week 4

Week 4

During the course of the past week I have been taking a look at issues surrounding the “Digital Divide” and “Digital Inequality.”  Through these readings I have taken a hard look at the students in my classes to determine what factors may correlate to the community in which I work.  I have also given a lot of thought to professional development and training for educators, students, and community members.  There is a lot to consider as a result of the research presented this week.  One very valid statement made by one of my fellow classmates eluded to the fact that bridging the digital divide isn’t the responsibility of one entity.  In order to successful make progress on this issue for the betterment of our students, communities, states, nation, and ultimately the world we need to work together forming a partnership.  This partnership should be comprised of governmental support at both the state and national level, school district support, building administrators, educators, support staff, students, parents, and community members.  Certainly over the past week I have generated numerous questions about how to tackle this issue of the “Digital Divide” and “Digital Inequality.”  In the coming weeks, I look forward to continuing the discussion and research on this topic to generate a proposal about how to tackle this important issue in modern society.

For more information on this topic see below.

Emerging Learning Technologies/Digital Divide (Wikibooks)

Barzilai-Nahon, K. (2006). Gaps and bits: Conceptualizing measurements for digital divide/s.
The Information Society, 22(5), 269-278. (PDF link)

Computer and Internet Use by Students in 2003. (2006).
Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006065

Cooper, M. (2004). Expanding the digital divide and falling behind in broadband.
Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union.
Retrieved from http://www.consumerfed.org/pdfs/digitaldivide.pdf

DiMaggio, P., & Hargittai, E. (2001). From the ‘digital divide’ to ‘digital inequality:’
Studying Internet use as penetration increases.
Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Working Paper Series number, 15.
Retrieved from http://www.princeton.edu/~artspol/workpap/WP15 – DiMaggio+Hargittai.pdf

DiMaggio, P., Hargittai, E., Celeste, C., & Shafer, S. (2004). From unequal access to differentiated use:
A literature review and agenda for research on digital inequality. Social Inequality, 355-400.
Retrieved from http://www.eszter.com/research/pubs/dimaggio-etal-digitalinequality.pdf

Hargittai, E. (2003). The digital divide and what to do about it. New Economy Handbook, 821-839.
Retrieved from http://www.eszter.com/research/pubs/hargittai-digitaldivide.pdf

McConnaughey, J., Nila, C. A., & Sloan, T. (1995). Falling through the net:
A survey of the “have nots” in rural and urban America.

National Telecommunications And Information Administration.
Retrieved from http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/fallingthru.html

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