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Video: Democratic Presidential Candidates Discuss the Digital Divide

Over the weekend I edited together some video I shot at the PBS Democratic candidate presidential debate on June 28, 2007. The video features candidates Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel offering some thoughts on how they would bridge the digital divide.

For more info about the event, see my previous post. -andy

Filed under : Digital Divide, People, Policy


I particularly like the idea of establishing free wireless internet as a utility. It seems to me that if this was done across the board it would open the door for a plethora of options for bridging the digital divide. For one, homebound students could be connected to their content area teachers directly instead of having to go through a resource teacher who visits them but is not necessarily highly qualified. What I did not hear anyone mention was how education reform could address this issue. What about the role our national standards play in addressing pedagogical issues surrounding technology in schools. When are we going to see the inner city move away from kill and drill uses of technology while richer districts practice constructivist methods that foster creativity and media creation?

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