digital divide

At a recent American Educational Research Association conference, I ran a workshop with colleagues from around the country (Betsy DiSalvo, Mark Chen, Katie Davis, Nettrice Gaskins) on Understanding Digital Inequalities. We spent 90 minutes with scholars from all over the country examining our evolving understanding of the digital divide. In my opening comments at the workshop, I argued that the...
A few weeks ago, Cindy O’Donnell-Allen and Antero Garcia, both professors in the English department at Colorado State University and fellow NWP colleagues, shared with me via e-mail that students in their pre-service teaching courses would be taking a closer look at a resource I developed earlier this year on Digital Is, offering me full warning that my inbox would be full of notification e-mails...
“I can play the game because it’s free, but then are some other parts that it won’t let me access without payment.” This is of course, the prevailing way in which developers are releasing their product: the freemium model. The freemium model means that there is a wide amount of access for everyone, yet for premium privileges, there is a price. We see it everywhere.   This is what storage sites...
A recent study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that African-American and Hispanic teens use their phones to go online in higher percentages than their white peers. Mobiles are increasing access to technology and the Internet for disadvantaged youth. This has led some to question whether the "digital divide" is closing. Will mobile technology be the great equalizer? For the...
How might web-based word processing applications strengthen opportunities for student expression, collaboration, and writing? In the specific case of creating science fair projects, students and teachers can use web-based Google Docs to generate written work and collaborate. While the uses of web-based word processing applications described here relate to science fair projects specifically, the...