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Bridging the Digital Divide

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Bridging the Digital Divide Crystal Samsel EDU 613/Technology Issues in Instruction Dr. Wayman Johnson May 18, 2009 Access to computers and the Internet and the ability to effectively use this technology are becoming increasingly important for full participation in America's job market and personal life. Many people are using the internet to shop from home, work from home or start their own business, gain an education through distance learning, and check medical symptoms. Effective use of technology makes a big difference in the way teachers teach and students learn. In some classrooms, teachers are using the Internet to development more active learning assignments. Digital Divide within School Access to technology in schools has improved greatly over the last few years. However, as technology access improves as a whole there are a few instances where the digital divide is widening. ...read more.

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Technology - even in small amounts - is helping communities overcome convention and tradition to take leaps forward." Integrating Technology in the Curriculum Technology touches our lives every day. Many schools are behind the curve when it comes to integrating technology into the classroom. When schools properly use technology as a teaching model students are better equipped to survive in the technologically based economy. Integrating technology into school curriculum is more than just teaching the basic word processing skills and computer basics in required computer classes. Students need a working knowledge of technology by the time they graduate to be competitive in today's job market. Technology must support four key learning components: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction, and feedback (Nichol, 2008). Using technology-enabled learning will allow students to build on their current knowledge of technology. ...read more.

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Poor research is not a fair trade for missing lunch. Trying to provide computer access before and school has its own obstacles. The schools would have to pay the staff overtime and if computer equipment is not in the budget then overtime pay is definitely not in the budget. Schools could try to get volunteers to run the computer labs but that is a very unpredictable and may still require some staff overtime. Students who depend on school busses to get to and from school cannot extend their days to have time computer access. Conclusion Technology is an inevitable part of life. In today's job market technology is the key to getting a job. With the technological advances students need to be comfortable with technology before entering the job market. Schools have many obstacles to overcome to be get students ready for life after graduation. Schools need to perform a balancing act with their budget to allow their students to have access to technology. ...read more.

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