ERIC Number: ED462933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Connecting across Many Divides: Digital, Racial, and Socio-Economic.
Hinson, Janice; Daniel, Cathy
As Internet usage increases nationally, it becomes more apparent that the Digital Divide (the gap between those who have information access and those who do not) is related to demographics. Although the number of low income and ethnic households that have Internet access is increasing, the Digital Divide is expected to widen because access continues to be tied to income. WISH (WorldGate Internet School to Home) gives students, parents and teachers Internet access through a television set and a cable set-top converter. No computer, modem, or telephone line is needed. In this way, WISH TV is unique because it allows users to access the Internet through their television sets and as a result, extends Internet availability to virtually all children in their homes. This is especially important for students whose socio-economic status inhibits Internet access through any other means. This article focuses on the effects of WISH TV on fourth grade students' behavior, attitudes, and motivation in the community of Belle Rose, Louisiana. Data were gathered through guided interviews with 15 students, their parents, the four fourth grade teachers, and the principal. Interview questions focused on: how teachers are integrating WISH TV into their teaching practices; how students and parents are using WISH TV at home; and what changes teachers, parents, and students have noted since the program began. (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Attitudes, Computer Uses in Education, Demography, Economically Disadvantaged, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Internet, Interviews, Poverty Areas, Student Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Technology Integration, Television
For full text: http://confreg.uoregon.edu/necc2001/program/.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana