The Digital Divide in School
“According to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, students should be technology literate by the time they complete eighth grade,” the Public Education Network Weekly Newsblast summarizes an article in Government Technology.
But not every child has equal access to technology. “Often, schools in affluent neighborhoods offer students a richer technology experience than schools in poorer districts. Moreover, a technology gap exists—and some say continues to grow—between America’s middle and lower classes. Many observers believe technology can improve learning—but only if it is correctly deployed and thoroughly understood…A successful, technology-rich school must integrate technology into the curricula,” not just in students’ weekly trips to a school’s computer lab.