Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Digital Divide

The first step to narrowing the gap between the information haves and have-nots in school districts is to set technology standards and provide educational experiences that will allow every student the opportunity to be digitally successful. The Michigan Department of Education created Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) for students to satisfy certain standards in their core academic classes. These standards are for every student in Michigan. The diversity of students caused by socioeconomic status, gender, parents education level, and race can have either a positive or negative effect on the attainment of these standards. Holding every student to the same standards promotes equality and opportunity.

Technology standards for students are a necessity. For example, by a certain grade level students must be able to create a timeline using Microsoft Excel or students must be able to create a PowerPoint with custom animation and embedded video. The standards need to be in place before developing programs to assist with the depletion of the digital divide in school districts.