Technology has become essential to middle school and high school learning, but according to teachers, a gap in access to the internet between the rich and poor is leading to troubling disparities in education, the Washington Post reports.

Students depend strongly on the web to find information and complete their assignments. The vast majority of teachers say they also rely on sites such as Wikipedia and social media to find teaching resources and materials, connect with other teachers, and interact with parents, according to a survey released Feb. 28 by the Pew Research Center.

The findings come as educators debate the role of technology in classrooms, which pose great advantages for students to research and find information. But even as many schools race to adopt tablets, eReaders, and cell phones for their course work, those technologies are more widely available to middle- and higher-income students and schools…

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