As Connectivity Improves, The Digital Divide Persists in Teacher Tech Preparation

EdTech Focus on K-12

Megan Bogardus Cortez | July 18, 2017

While it may seem like more and more schools are embracing technology in the classroom, Education Week’s 20th annual Technology Counts survey has found that schools still aren’t quite reaching the full potential of technology in the classroom, largely because of digital divide issues, particularly around teacher training.

“Technology is everywhere today but a digital divide among schools has emerged because quality and equity issues are huge and they need to be confronted,” says Kevin Bushweller, executive project editor of Technology Counts, in a press release.

Other disparities found by the survey include access to and adoption of both tools and the infrastructure — high-speed internet connections — needed.

The percentage of fourth-grade teachers who have received training in how to integrate computers into instruction has remained stagnant since 2009, with lower income schools consistently less likely than their counterparts to have this kind of professional development, Education Week reports.

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