The digital Divide (SES)

July 28, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Recently, I have read a couple of articles about the digital divide for ‘disadvantaged’ students and would like to share them with you:

From the OECD Education & Skills blog, an article by Marilyn Achiron titled Can Analogue Skills Bridge the digital Divide?

  • The digital divide has shifted. Instead of (and in some places, in addition to) separating people with Internet access from those without access, it now cuts a wide chasm between those who know how to get the most out of the Internet and those who don’t. It’s no longer a matter of getting the tool into people’s hands; it’s a matter of getting people to understand how the tool can work for them.
  • the Internet is most useful when you know how to use it. Results from PISA 2012 show that just because students have access to an Internet connection, it doesn’t mean that they know how to use it for learning. And differences in how students use the Internet seem to be linked to socio-economic status, although the strength of that link varies widely across countries. For example, PISA finds that while disadvantaged students play videogames on line as much as advantaged students do, they are far less likely to read the news or search for practical information on the Internet than their more advantaged peers.

Read the full report here.

AND, from  the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), Molly Zielezinski and Linda Darling-Hammond have written Promising Practices: A Literature Review of Technology Use  by Underserved Students.

This report summarizes research findings about the conditions and practices that support positive outcomes of technology use for these student populations. Related to technology specifically, we find that:

  1. Underserved students benefit from opportunities to learn that include one-to-one access to devices.
  2. High-speed Internet access is needed to prevent user issues when implementing digital learning.
  3. Underserved students benefit from technology interactions designed to promote high levels of interactivity and emphasize discovery.
  4. Successful digital learning environments are characterized by the right blend of teachers and technology

Read the full report here.

Check it out! Rowan

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