ERIC Number: ED442138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Digital Divide and Its Implications for the Language Arts. ERIC Digest.
In the early years of the Internet, there was an expectation that the availability and easy access to online resources of unparalleled abundance would increase educational equity throughout the socio-economic spectrum. In fact, research suggests that patterns of technology access often mirror existing inequalities rather than mitigate them, and if corrective steps are not taken, technology may worsen rather than solve equity disparities. Major obstacles to using the Internet are cost and knowledge of how to use the Internet. Among the educational benefits language arts teachers describe are those involving the development of research skills, integrated learning, interactivity, writing for real purposes and authentic audiences, handling difficult topics in new ways, multicultural learning, and collaborative problem solving. Despite the rapid growth of wired schools, surveys suggest that use of technology to affect classroom practice tends to be limited to small groups of teachers who are excited by the potential they believe technology has to motivate their students or to access new sources. Contains 20 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Internet, Language Arts
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.