Factors Affecting

Factors Affecting


Are some students “left behind” in the teaching/learning process because of their limited access to computer technology at home? Will access to this technology become less and less of an issue as the costs for students and their families to access the Internet decreases?

Case Assignment

Read the assigned articles and in a minimum of 3 pages (not counting cover sheet and reference list), explain the implications of these reports on the access to, and use of, information systems in education by teachers, students and parents.

Clearly outline the areas of agreement and/or debate among researchers regarding the concept of “digital divide.”

Finally, generate and present your own informed opinion about the concept “digital divide.”

I welcome outside research for this project and look forward to further informational websites you might discover.

This assignment should focus on your area of study (elementary, secondary, post-secondary, or adult education).

Background Information:

Anonymous. (2010). The persisting racial digital divide in internet access. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 67, 54-55.

Hsieh, J. J. P. A., Rai, A., Keil, M. (2011). Addressing digital inequality for the socioeconomically disadvantaged through government initiatives: Forms of capital that affect ICT utilization. Information Systems Research, 22(2), 233–253.

Krebeck, A. (2010). Closing the ‘Digital Divide.’ Computers in Libraries, 30(8), 12-15.

Overall, P. (2010). The effect of service learning on LIS students’ understanding of diversity issues related to equity of access. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 51(4), 251-266.

Vigdor, J. L., Ladd, H. F., Martinez, E. (2014). Scaling the digital divide: Home computer technology and student achievement. Economic Inquiry, 52(3), 1103-1119.