Technology to Enhance Learning for All Students: Accessibility Issues and Internet Access for Low SES

Technology to Enhance Learning for All Students: Accessibility Issues and Internet Access for Low SES

Raytosha Jones (Texas A&M University at Commerce, USA) and Dimitra Smith (Texas A&M University at Commerce, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1766-6.ch003

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Technology is at the forefront of today's workforce. Comparatively, K-12 schools are incorporating technology into K-12 classrooms and instructional teaching methods and strategies. Research has indicted that students who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds may not only have similar access to technology as those from more affluent backgrounds, but students from low socioeconomic backgrounds also use technology for reasons that are different and commonly not academic reasons. This chapter will provide background information on current issues related to the use of technology among students of insight into issues and challenges related to integrating technology into K-12 classrooms, the role of funding in economically poorer school districts, and key instructional strategies for using technology and new and emerging technology in the K-12 classroom. This chapter will conclude with providing recommendations for ensuring access and success for all students.
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Today’s students have grown up in a world of technology and what some refer to as the digital age. Because of this, it is common belief that today’s students are digital natives (Prensky, 2001). This however, is not true and students varying in their understanding, access, and usage of technology and access to technology (Druin, Foss, Hutchinson, Golub, & Hatley, 2010; Hargittai, Fullerton, Menchen-Trevino, & Thomas, 2010).

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