As of late, I have been enamored with infographics—the epitome of “a picture is worth a thousand words.” So, beginning this week and running indefinitely, I will be posting infographics that have caught my eye and made me think.
The inaugural infographic comes from an information brief from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development with the original link for the pdf here. Take a look and then let’s chat:
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Recently, @digitalmaverick posted this question on Twitter, and I think it makes a pretty important point:
In era in which innovation and constant change are the norm with digital technologies, the access to and experience with digital devices, broadband Internet and composing softwares is paramount. In this infographic, ASCD not only proposes the digital divide in terms of individuals, but schools in comparison to, I assume, industry and business.
What does it mean for students’ digital literacy when the most use of the Internet by teachers is assigning homework and practice? I italicized assigning here, because it does not say that students are being asked to do homework digitally. Rather this is the venue to assign homework. What does it mean when 41% of school leaders are reducing funding for professional development and 60% are delaying upgrades? In our book, Developing Writers, we review the mixed reports about digital access and experience, and one particular point seems pertinent here: Wells and Lewis (2006) reported that 1994 to 2005 the number of school classrooms in the US with computer and Internet access increased from 3% to 94%. Still, schools are notoriously print-centric and paper-centric. And with the report from ASCD, it seems that the digital divide between the lives of our students in and out of school is only growing. Compounded to this is the reality that for many students, ASCD reports 32%, school is their one means to digital devices, broadband Internet and composing software. We haven’t even started on equity issues.
Finally, I’ll leave you with a slideshow from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, a project definitely worth checking out, if you haven’t already. It is a nice pairing with the ASCD report to consider the digital lives of youth in and out of school.