The Digital Divide is deeper than you thought

by | Jan 13, 2016 | Transforming Learning | 0 comments

The National Technology Education Plan is a vision and call to action for preparing students for life in the 21st century.  One of the issues addressed is that of the Digital Divide.  But the divide may be deeper than you think:

Digital Use Divide

Traditionally, the digital divide referred to the gap between students who had access to the Internet and devices at school and home and those who did not. Significant progress is being made to increase Internet access in schools, libraries, and homes across the country. However, a digital use divide separates many students who use technology in ways that transform their learning from those who use the tools to complete the same activities but now with an electronic device (e.g., digital worksheets, online multiple-choice tests). The digital use divide is present in both formal and informal learning settings and across high- and low-poverty schools and communities.

Check this out in context in the U. S. Department of Education’s National Technology Education Plan>Introduction.