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  1. 1. BELOW PAR WITH HEAD START NARROWING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE Head Start Teachers Develop Proficiency in Computer Technology Price, Valerie & Chen, Jie-Qi , (2006). NARROWING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: Head Start Teachers Develop Proficiency in Computer Technology.. Education and Urban Society. 38, 398-405.
  2. 2. The Digital Divide   Inequalitiesin children’s access to computers because of factors such as income, race, and parent education.   Access to the technology   Teacher’s ability to use it themselves
  3. 3. How to solve this problem   HeadStart program in the Department of Early Childhood Education of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Erikson Institute   Goal:help teachers develop attitudes, skills, and practices to help children gain educational benefits from classroom computer use
  4. 4. The Principles of the Program   Teaching for understanding   Co-construction of knowledge   Integration rather than isolation   Responding to teachers’ instructional needs   Cooperative learning   Peers as role models
  5. 5. The Program’s Effects   Atotal of 66 teachers and 33 assistant teachers completed the one year program.   Theyshowed significantly higher measures in regards to attitude, skill, and practice when compared to the 109 nonparticipant.   Key lessons: eager teachers, attitudes as indicators, community of learners, and the issue of scaling up.
  6. 6. What does it all mean   Whatbenefits will the children gain, other then technological proficiency, from their teachers who attended this program?   How does this program’s implementation into Head Start begin to level the playing field in comparison to children above the poverty line?   Whatare some other ways to begin to introduce children who are below the poverty level to technology?

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