As I work to conceptualize the educational technology course I’m teaching this fall, I began to wonder about issues of technology access and use. My life experiences tell me that someone’s age, gender, social class, race, and geographic location are all factors that might affect an individual’s ability to access digital technologies and how they use the technologies that are available to them. I soon happened upon the term “digital equity” used by ISTE and others to describe a specific commitment to fair access, mostly. The following link is ISTE’s policy brief about digital equity:
I still have a lot of learning and critical reflection to do about the ideas that have been termed “digital equity,” but I think that this iPad pilot has already helped me to understand my privilege, specifically related to my access to digital technologies.
Today I was delighted to see the following article on my NPR app. The article suggests that mobile technologies may be leveling the playing field for some African-Americans and Hispanics. I thought I would share it in case anyone else is interested in the intersections of our identities and our technologies.