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Closing the Digital Divide: Using Web 2.0 Technology to Improve Academic Performance and Increase Digital Literacy Among Students in Urban Secondary Schools
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D'Agostino, T. & Jakobsdóttir, S. (2012). Closing the Digital Divide: Using Web 2.0 Technology to Improve Academic Performance and Increase Digital Literacy Among Students in Urban Secondary Schools. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2012 (pp. 2384-2389). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2012
Denver, Colorado, USA
June 26, 2012
Tel Amiel & Brent Wilson
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As Web 2.0 technology continues to play an increasingly important role in teenaged students' lives, so too will it continue to influence their education. While this phenomenon poses many challenges for today’s educators, they are exacerbated for teachers in low-income urban school systems where the digital divide between the socio-economic “haves” and “have-nots” is extremely visible. Thus, this paper aims to (1) measure use and access to Web 2.0 technology by students and teachers to show the digital divide within the urban classroom, (2) it aims to observe student and teacher Web 2.0 technology practices to assess the nature of the digital divide and (3) it aims to measure the overall effectiveness of a digital literacy course for increasing academic achievement. Using schools within the School District of Philadelphia for on-site research, the researcher will develop a curriculum that aims to increase digital literacy among secondary school students and improve academic performance.
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