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Digital Divide
Definition: The division between people who are rich in technological access and expertise
and those who are poor in this respect (Koch, J).
The topic of digital divide is a dilemma in regards to education for many reasons. I chose
this topic because there are many factors that contribute to the prevalence of this problem. The
main factor in my opinion is social economic inequality. Students that come from poorer
families tend to be less literate in regards to technological fluency. In addition, since poverty
coincides with other social problems such as race, ethnicity, and cultural divides many of this
nations core issues are apparent.
With that said, there are millions of Americans that are affected by this issue. From an
education standpoint, students that have access to computers and the internet, both at home and
school, therefore are afforded a better education. This is because they are exposed to an
unlimited access of information. In fact, it is said that, Access to computers at home has been
found to be an important factor to students ability to use computer resources for word
processing, information processing and presenting, and other types of communication (Koch,
J). This shows that there are significant benefits for those that have this kind of access. The
discrepancy of the digital divide is apparent in the difference of education between private and
public schools.
The digital divide is also noticeable when comparing schools and districts within rich or
poor neighborhoods. To summarize this issue, students that come from middle class or above
communities are better educated and have greater access to information and prosperity than those
that come from low income homes. This issue is a societal problem that is seen within our
schools. All in all, narrowing the digital divide would go a long way in solving multiple
problems and in my opinion is a logical starting point.

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Additional Sources:
Garland, S. (June 12, 2014). NBC News: Why it is So Hard to Close the Digital Divide in HighPoverty Schools. Retrieved from http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/in-plain-sight/why-its-sohard-close-digital-divide-high-poverty-schools-n129726
Hudley, C. PhD. (May 2013). American Psychological Association: Education and Urban
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Thompson, J. (n.d.). How One School is Fighting Poverty. Retrieved
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