Grand Rapids students caught in digital divide

It’s not news to most of us that the world is becoming increasingly reliant on access to technology (hardware, software and networks). This is especially apparent for students of all ages. Teacher assign work with the assumption that students either have computers and Internet access at home or can easily access both through a local library (or other resource).

In many cases, that’s a mistaken belief.

From this article on, stats cited are “The percentage of American households with an Internet connection has skyrocketed over the past 13 years, rising from 18 percent in 1997 to 69 percent last year, according to U.S. Census figures released this year.”

In fact:


The percentage of American households with Internet access has risen dramatically since 1997, according to recent Census data. Below are some Internet facts:

69 percent: Households with Internet access in 2009.

64 percent: Access via broadband connection.

5 percent: Access from dial-up.

62 percent: Children ages 3 to 17 with home Internet access.

42 percent: Households with Internet access in 2000.

18 percent: Household with Internet access in 1997.

SOURCE: Census Bureau

Interesting numbers. How do you think internet access impacts teaching?


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