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ERIC Number: ED499272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 35
Abstractor: Author
Decreasing the Digital Divide: Technology Use for College Preparation Programs
Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, University of Southern California
This paper examines the use of instructional technology for college preparation programs. Over the last decade, the proliferation of personal computers and internet access has led to the widespread adoption of instructional technology in all educational sectors. This paper provides a typology of instructional technology specific to college preparation programs and includes examples of how technology can be harnessed to compliment and supplement current initiatives designed to promote college going. Distance learning technology, video games, and networking websites can offer new ways to provide college-going support to students of all ages. General areas that may benefit from further use of technology include: academic support, college knowledge, social support, and family education and support. The adoption of instructional technology in college preparation programs requires several considerations. The following five recommendations are offered when considering technology for college preparation programs: (1) Technology is expensive and takes time; (2) Technology requires access; (3) Cultural differences and learning styles are factors; (4) Technology must be purposeful; and (5) Structure and media does matter. College preparation programs would be remiss if they did not carefully consider each of these recommendations when adopting various media technologies. The adoption of technology to aid in college going has the potential to help students succeed, but should be carefully considered and purposefully implemented. (Contains 1 footnote and 2 tables.)
Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA). University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, 3470 Trousdale Parkway, Waite Phillips Hall 701, Los Angeles, CA 90089-4037. Tel: 213-740-7218; Fax: 213-740-3889; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A