The Digital Divide (Weekly Reading Reflection Week 5)

Jenny Xie, author of Technology in Schools Still Subject to Digital, Income Divides,  presents data from a survey conducted by Pew Research Center Internet and American Life. In this survey, teachers of all different levels of socio-economic standings were asking about the digital divide in their classrooms. Simply put, the Digital Divide is looking at how technology is being used differently between different groups of people. After reading the article, I thought back to when I was in high school. Back in 2008-2011, the use of a cellphone other than a flip phone was just becoming popular. Cell phones were banned completely in school. In fact, we used to have signal blockers so we couldn’t use them even if we tried. Its surprising, and reassuring, to know that thinking has changed. I think it is great that secondary educators are using their students’ mobile devices to aide in learning. To me, it just makes sense. Why not take advantage of the technology that we have at our fingertips. I also agree that there are many discrepancies amongst new and veteran educators about using technology within the classroom. I believe that with proper PD and motivation, anyone can learn to use technology effectively.


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