Scaling the Digital Divide: Home Computer Technology and Student

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Does differential access to computer technology at home compound the educational disparities between rich and poor? Would a program of government provision of computers to early secondary school students reduce these disparities? We use administrative data on North Carolina public school students to corroborate earlier surveys that document broad racial and socioeconomic gaps in home computer access and use. Using within-student variation in home computer access, and across-ZIP code variation in the timing of the introduction of high-speed internet service, we also demonstrate that the introduction of home computer technology is associated with modest but statistically significant and persistent negative impacts on student math and reading test scores. Further evidence suggests that providing universal access to home computers and high-speed internet access would broaden, rather than narrow, math and reading achievement gaps. Sign up to download report ($5)

Creating Our Future — Unleashing the Future: Educators “Speak Up” about the use of Emerging Technologies for Learning

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Technology has enabled students to have greater access to vast array of resources, classes and experts; empowering students to  become “Free Agent Learners” who are creating meaningful personalized learning experiences 24/7 outside of the traditional classroom and school. Students are using technology to take responsibility for their own learning, often times bypassing traditional educational settings. Read full report.

National Educational Technology Trends: 2010 – Innovation Through State Leadership

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The study underscores Key Role for Technology in ESEA Reauthorization, Success of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program. The purpose of this report is to inform federal, state, and local policymakers on trends related to SEA and local education agency (LEA) implementation of programs funded through Title II-D. In addition to this report, SETDA provided individual states with a comprehensive state profile based on the state’s survey data. Click here for full report. Individual State reports here.

Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology

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The NETP presents a model of 21st century learning powered by technology, with goals and recommendations in five essential areas: learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity. The plan also identifies far-reaching “grand challenge problems” that should be funded and coordinated at a national level. Read full report

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