Digital Inequality

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Digital Inequality:

Digital Inequality By: Richard, Brandon, Christina, Cassidy & John

What is digital inequality?:

What is digital inequality? Digital Divide The difference between divide and inequality Digital Inequality is knowledge in T echnical skills A ttitudes B ehaviors Activities Bridge the Gap

The Job for the ETA Task Force::

The Job for the ETA Task F orce : We were selected as members of a Digital Inequality Task Force hired by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. She has been given a special allocation of $50M to address digital inequalities in the state, and she wants the Task Force to consider the following seven options: Install computers in all public libraries in the state and expand the hours when the computers are available. Provide individuals in disadvantaged communities with computers. Subsidize Internet Service Providers to provide low-cost Internet to all state residents. Expand staffing and other resources so that public schools can be open to the public after normal school hours, on weekends, and during the summer months. Provide high-speed Internet and mobile access for all state residents. Provide information literacy courses to enhance computer skills and enable knowledgeable use of digital technologies. Develop free online educational content, giving first priority to content most relevant to lower socio-economic groups before content that is relevant to the rest of the public.

Technology for Public Schools:

Technology for Public Schools Every classroom has at least one cart of working laptops. One to one computer use for kids in high school. Tech integrationist for schools. Rationale : - In order to infuse technology, you have to have access to it and know how to use it yourself. -High school access, jobs, college applications, etc. Time Frame: 2-5 years

Computers to the disadvantaged:

Computers to the disadvantaged "Having a computer before 10 years of age may impact whether children value computer skills and see the importance of them for their future” " Households earning more than $75,000 a year significantly outpace lower-earning households, particularly those making less than $30,000 a year." Time frame: within five years.

Low cost internet:

Low cost internet Timeline: three-five years Rationale Partner with existing internet providers Students are more likely to use technology if they have access Create neighborhood internet caf és

Computer access in public libraries:

C omputer access in public libraries Rationale Use of Internet and access at home Sustainability Timeline: 5 years Money comes from public instruction Similar to previous recommendations

Provide Internet to all:

Provide Internet to all Timeline : 10-15 years Rationale: Internet access is too expensive Low income families have ot he r priorities Benefits: Provide access at no cost Everyone has the same options Government cost is high

Provide Literacy Courses:

Provide Literacy Courses 1. Computers alone will not solve the problem 2. Gender gap with computer literacy skills 3. Computer skills increase other educational skills and knowledge

Develop Free Online Content :

Develop Free Online Content Some examples i nclude : blogs/websites encyclopedias college courses music/videos/tutorials webcasts/podcasts


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