Dee Dee Bivins
What is Digital Divide??
Definition: Sharp separation in computer
and internet access as well as those who
can use new digital technologies and those
who can’t between low income and
A TALE OF TWO SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Please click on the link below:
It is a comic strip about the problems that children face
with the digital divide.
An Example of the Digital Divide
Source: BBC News
Another Example of the Digital Divide
The digital divide, like many other economic
or social problems, is a global issue.
Issues People Face Because
of the Digital Divide
1. Students that do not have computers or internet
access at home must find alternate ways to complete
their homework. Public libraries usually have the
resources for use; however, time limits and waiting
in line often create more problems for the user.
2. Some students may also have
problems with the compatibility of their
software at home versus what is being
used in the classroom. Students may
have problems completing assignments
1. Fairfax County, Virginia-
The Computer Learning Center Partnership (CLCP)
in public-private partnership that provides access
to technology computers and Internet access,
homework assistance, literacy activities, and
community service programs for school age
children in Fairfax County. Founded in 1997, it has
over 2,000 children enrolled in its programs.
What’s Being Done
2. A wide variety of organizations and non-profit
groups are working to close the digital gap in their
communities. One such group, The Computers for
Schools Foundation, collects used computers,
refurbishes them, and distributes them to K-12
schools in need. Since it began in 1991, the program
has placed more than 80,000 computers in schools in
all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In many
districts, the Computers for Schools program is the
only source of computer equipment.
3. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
encourages the people in the state to recycle their
electronic products that are no longer used. The website
contains more information about the locations of places to
drop off the items and also how to acquire the computers
for your use. The electronics that are donated to the DEQ
are then refurbished and donated to schools, churches, and
Please consider donating your old
computers to keep them out of
our landfills and give others an
opportunity to have and use the
computers for their needs.
Questions – To Be Used on Final
1. The Digital Divide is known as what?
A. A sharp separation in computer and internet access
and use between low-income and affluent households.
B. A difference between knowledge of computer use
between teachers and their students.
C. The difference between dial up access for the internet
and high speed access for the internet.
D. A sharp separation between knowledge of computer
usage between boys and girls.
2. Which is the best example of someone experiencing
the digital divide?
A. The student is able to complete the assignment at
home on their personal computer.
B. The girl is able to go their friend’s house and use
their family’s computer and internet access.
C. This student goes to the neighborhood library and
uses the computer and only has a limited amount of
time to complete the lesson.
D. The student is not worried about the assignment
because of the availability of the internet access on
3. True or False. Access to and use of technology which is
not equally distributed throughout the public school
systems or society is known as the digital divide.
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