BBC News Information Rich, Information Poor: Bridging the digital divide
A comprehensive look at the growing divide between rich and poor nations. "More than 80% of people in the world have never heard a dial tone, let alone sent an email or downloaded information from the World Wide Web."
Center to Bridge the Digital Divide
A team of a dozen professionals with diverse backgrounds in economics, anthropology, education, leadership, information design, business management and other fields at Washington State University. The center works with schools, business and government in developing digital divide solutions.
Digital Divide Network
Project of The Center for Media & Community at EDC creates innovative educational models and promotes public policy toward the goal of strengthening education and economic development in technologically underserved communities around the world.
International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE is a nonprofit professional organization with a worldwide membership of leaders and potential leaders in educational technology.
Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994–2002
Results of an eight-year study by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Among the findings: In fall 2002, 99 percent of public schools in the United States had access to the Internet. When NCES first started estimating Internet access in schools in 1994, 35 percent of public schools had access.
The National Education Technology Plan
Official U.S. Department of Education plan released in January of 2005. The executive summary reads:
Over the next decade, the United States will face ever increasing competition in the global economy.
To an overwhelming extent, this competition will involve the mastery and application of new technologies in virtually every field of human endeavor. It will place particular emphasis on the need for heightened skills in mathematics and science.
It is the responsibility of this nation’s educational enterprise – including policymakers – to help secure our economic future by ensuring that our young people are adequately prepared to meet these challenges. Today, they are not. This report explores why – and recommends steps to ensure that they will be.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS: Digital World
Resources, expert interviews and demonstrations of new technology from the PBS broadcast.
Technology in Schools
A useful how-to guide for designing, implementing and evaluating school technology programs from the National Bureau of Educational Statistics' Technology in Schools Task Force.
Tool Kit for Bridging the Digital Divide in Your Community
Tool Kit from the U.S. Department of Education intended for community leaders, government staff, business leaders and grass roots volunteers. It offers some basic tips on how to bridge the digital divide through the development of a community project.
World Bank: Education and Technology
Data and information from World Bank programs designed to combat the digital divide around the world. A recent project included one to bridge the gender digital divide.
Additional sources: Additional sources: "State reaches accord with Apple to put laptops in high schools," AP, August 6 2004; "Maine Hopes to Expand Laptops to H.S.," Glenn Adams, AP, April 6. 2004; Eric Kelderman, Staff Writer, Stateline.org; "Report gives high grades for laptop program," February 11, 2004, AP;