On the International Day of the African Child, Elijah Zachary Lemein Simel, an 11-year-old boy living with HIV in Nairobi, Kenya, explains that he contracted the HIV virus from his mother and felt ill and unhappy until he talked to 'teacher...
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The Pew Internet and American Life Project surveyed Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers. Fifty-four percent of the teachers said that all or almost all of their students have sufficient access to digital tools while IN school. Only eighteen percent said that all or almost all of their students have sufficient access to digital tools AT HOME. These numbers tell us that access to technology and the internet is a problem in schools, and an even bigger problem in homes.
Where do students go to use technology and the Internet after school? The library or a community-based organization with a technology center. Where do they go when those places are not open? McDonald’s and parking lots outside of open wi-fi networks. These are options only if they have their own mobile devices.
What are the resources an adult needs to apply for jobs online? The number of low-income adults online has jumped, in part because of mobile phones. Have you ever tried to complete a job application from your mobile phone? It is daunting, at best.
Those are just two examples of information technology access issues. Information technology use issues are just as important. Knowing how to watch a video online is a beginner-level digital literacy skill. Knowing how to assess the validity of a website is a digital literacy skill that is essential in today’s world, and far from intuitive.
Let’s broaden the scope and look at the big picture. Two out of 10 (1 in 5) Americans do not use the internet. Four out of 10 do not have home broadband service. Four out of 10 Americans not having home broadband is A LOT of Americans. A digitally inclusive community is important to economic and workforce development, civic participation, education, healthcare, and public safety.
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