Monday, March 4, 2013

Edutopia links for Digital Divide

The Digital Divide: Resource Roundup

The "digital divide" is still a critical issue in education and beyond, and is even more complex than it was a decade ago. Here's a roundup of resources and organizations to help educators understand both the history and the new landscape of the digital divide.

Resources by Topic:

Exploring Digital Inclusion

Crossing the Digital Divide: Bridges and Barriers to Digital Inclusion by Sara Bernard (2011)
Now that we’ve reached the second decade of the new millennium, how is digital access changing, and what are the implications for schools?
A New Understanding of the Digital Divide by Mary Beth Hertz (2011)
Blogger and elementary school computer teacher Mary Beth Hertz discusses a new perspective on the digital divide -- not just access but "kind of access."
A Short History of the Digital Divide by Richard Rapaport (2009)
The birth of the internet and how the term "digital divide" evolved, from our Digital Generation package.
Join the discussion in the Edutopia Community: "Have we forgotten about the digital divide?"

Digital and Media Literacy

Digital Literacy is the Bedrock for Lifelong Learning by Vanessa Vega (2011)
Bridging the digital divide means more than just access to devices, it includes digital literacy, which ensures informed citizens and the birth of new ideas.
Why Media Literacy is Not Just for Kids by Suzie Boss (2011)
Blogger and education journalist Suzie Boss proposes that media and digital literacy is not just for students, but essential for all citizens nationwide.
The New Literacy: Scenes from the Digital Divide 2.0 by Richard Rapaport (2009)
Just as one cyber gulf narrows, another has threatened to take its place.
A Digital-Literacy Maven's Favorite Web Links by Michele Knobel (2009)
A professor of education uses these websites and resources to help prepare tomorrow's teachers for working with "digital natives" in the classroom.
Students Evolve from Consumers to Critics and Creators by Ken Ellis (2005)
Critical-thinking skills -- and fluency in multimedia production -- are integral to media literacy.

Blogs about the Digital Divide
There is a growing disparity between those who have used apps on mobile devices and those who have not, writes blogger Audrey Watters, but what is the real impact?
A fourth grade teacher uses blogging to help close the digital divide in his classroom in Oceanside, California.
Educational technology consultant and former blogger Chris O'Neal writes about how students don't always get equal time on computers, even in the school setting.
Digital Equity: Working Together For a Solution by Bonnie Bracey Sutton (2006)
Teacher, technology consultant, and former Edutopia blogger Bonnie Bracey Sutton describes how she and other miniority teachers created a Digital Equity Special Interest Group to brainstorm solutions to digital inequity.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton argues that in 2006, the United States was behind the curve in initiatives to make technology accessible to all students.

Edutopia Web 2.0 Tools

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Cool cat Digital Learning

Check out this video from Ed Tech Guru, Vicki Davis and how she uses technology. One thing she emphasizes is that there are many things that she doesn't know when she is teaching students to use technology, quite often the students show her. This shows the power of collaborative learning with students! You don't need to be an expert, just have an open mind to learning alongside the students. If you don't know something, they will be happy to show you! ;)

Vicki Davis' Blog - Cool Cat Teacher Blog
Award winning and a plethora of resources. No Tech Expertise required, just a willingness to learn something new!

Innovative teacher Vicki Davis leverages wikis, blogs, digital storytelling, podcasts, virtual worlds, and other digital tools to connect students in rural Georgia to the world. See other ways teachers are bringing their schools into the twenty-first century:

Check out Digi Teen - Digital Citizen Flat classroom Project

Join Digi Teen and get involved in Global Collaborative Projects!

Digiteen: A Flat Classroom® Project


The Digiteen™ Projectis a global hands-on project for middle and early high school students, (typically Grade 6-9, 11-15 year old) which was founded by Julie Lindsay (now in Australia) and Vicki Davis (Camilla, GA USA) in 2008. This project studies digital citizenship with students researching current topics, writing a collaborative report on a wiki, and performing and documenting offline action educational projects to promote effective digital citizenship at their local schools. The purpose of the project is to educate on and promote effective Digital Citizenship and responsible online choices as well as immersing students into an educational community for learning and collaborating.