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October 21st, 2013
How school leaders can erase the digital divide
The digital divide–and closing that divide–is now more relevant than ever, as students need digital skills to compete in today’s society.
The digital divide is mentioned almost daily in ed-tech discussions: It prevents all students from receiving a technology-rich education that can help them compete on a global scale, it means that some students receive benefits that others do not, and it frustrates school leaders as they try to ensure an equitable and robust education for all students.
But what does the term “digital divide” mean, exactly? According to many experts, the definition has changed to involve more than who has internet access and who does not. And closing the digital divide will require collaboration among many industries.
(Next page: Different efforts to close the digital divide)