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ERIC Number: ED555584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Connecting to Learn: Promoting Digital Equity among America's Hispanic Families
Katz, Vikki S.; Levine, Michael H.
Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
This brief combines original research and policy analysis to examine a key issue that is often overlooked in debates about the proliferation of new technologies, education, and equity: the potential for digital media investments to support a promising learning pathway for children in our nation's increasingly diverse, low-income families. A growing body of evidence confirms that accelerated technological innovation and adoption rates have roiled family routines across the economic spectrum--and also, that the opportunities associated with these technologies have not been evenly distributed across the population. New technologies have contributed to new equity and "opportunity to learn" gaps between higher- and lower-income families, and their meaningful participation in a knowledge-based economy is further constrained by limited local efforts to support parents, educators and other community stakeholders in taking advantage of them. In "Connecting to Learn," Vikki Katz and Michael Levine propose an ecological approach to digital equity policy based on recent research with low-income, Hispanic families in the U.S. This brief reminds decision-makers of the importance of having an ecological understanding of the inextricable ties between learning and developmental influences at the family, community and macro-systems levels. Engaging this framework, the authors recommend solutions for building effective digital connections for all families--by leveraging low-income families' strengths to support their meaningful digital participation.
Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. 1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023. Tel: 212-595-3456; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Heising-Simons Foundation; Bezos Family Foundation; National Science Foundation, LIFE Center
Authoring Institution: Joan Ganz Cooney Center
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Colorado