Digital Divide and Digital Equity
What is digital equity?
Digital equity is achieved when all students have quick, easy, and appropriately functional access to equipment and the Internet both in and
out of school, as well as the expert guidance required to ensure effective use across a range of functions.
What is the "digital divide", and why should educators care? According to the Benton Foundation: There has always been a gap between those people and communities who can
make effective use of information technology and those who cannot. Now, more than ever, unequal adoption of technology excludes many from reaping the fruits of the economy. We use the term "digital
divide" to refer to this gap between those who can effectively use new information and communication tools, such as the Internet, and those who cannot. While a consensus does not exist on the extent
of the divide (and whether the divide is growing or narrowing), researchers are nearly unanimous in acknowledging that some sort of divide exists.
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