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Title: Equity Issues in Educational Technology

Equity Issues in Educational Technology
  • University of Phoenix
  • Marianna Kiva

Information technology in education is an
incredible resource, and will, without question,
continue to be the single most important
component of 21st century education (Trattner et
al., 2000, cited in Looker et. al., 2003,p. 485).

Lack of Equity in Access to Technology (issues)
  • The higher the income, the greater the ICT access
  • Student-to-computer ratio
  • School poverty status
  • Lack of teacher technology training
  • Reservations regarding the power of technology in

Student-to-computer ratio by school
  • A school is classified as either public or
    private according to whether a public agency or a
    private entity had the ultimate power to make
    decisions concerning its affairs
  • ( Statistics Canada, 2006).
  • Impact on student-to-computer ratios

Student-to-computer ratio by school
characteristics (median) The
Canadian ratio of students to computers is 51
(Statistics Canada, 2006).
Using Technology for Schoolwork
  • Technology is Not Valued as an Instructional Tool
  • It is viewed as a word processor tool only
  • Teachers are viewed as keepers of information
  • Teachers feel their job is to teach, not rely on
  • Using technology requires time and planning

  • Educators Are Receiving Inadequate Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Schools lack money to pay for training
  • On-site computer supports are lacking
  • Teachers need time to learn new programs

A Significant Number of Students Have Limited
Access To Technology Outside of the School
School Poverty Status
  • Access to and use of information technology,
    particularly in educational settings, is a
    prerequisite to building the skills base that
    will allow our citizens to function productively
    in the information society of the next century
    (CEO Forum, 1999, 6).
  • When schools are poor, the digital divide is
  • wider

Students are more technology literate and
Internet-savvy than ever, and they use technology
in ways that werent even imagined a decade ago.
Their fluency in technology is not even a
question (Farmer, 2005).
  • CEO Forum (1999). Professional development A
    link to better learning, The CEO Forum School
    Technology and Readiness Report. Pp 1-32.
    Available online at http//www.ceoforum.org/downlo
  • Farmer, Robert (2005) Instant Messaging IM
    Online! RU?, EDUCAUSE Review. Vol. 40, No. 6, Pp

References ( cont.)
  • Judge, S., Puckett, K., Cabuck, B. (2004).
    Digital Equity new findings from the early
    childhood longitudinal study. Journal of Research
    on Technology in Education, 36(4), 383- 397.
  • Looker, Dianne E. and Victor Thiessen (2003).
    Beyond the digital divide in Canadian schools
    From access to competency in the use of
    information technology, Social Science Computer
    Review. Vol. 21 No. 4, Pp. 475-490.

Reference ( cont.)
  • Statistics Canada. (2006). Information and
    communication technologies (Center for Education
    Statistics). Toronto, Canada Statistics Canada
    of Public Schools. Retrieved June 1, 2008, from
    Statistics Canada Web site
  • http//www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/080207/d080207
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