Digital Divide

Digital education may be the future of education, but most American schools are far from ready. This Hechinger Report series examines a national effort to close the digital divide by connecting all American schools to high-speed Internet, and why so many schools still lag so far behind. See all our Special Reports

In this Wednesday, June 19, 2013 photo, instructor Melissa Andrews, left, cheers on camper Roger McKee, 9, for finishing a video game while at an iD Tech Camp at the Emory University campus, in Atlanta. So-called coding camps for kids are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and later careers in technology.

No psychological harm to children who play lots of video games, study says

European public health study sees potential benefits to children who play five hours a week or more of video games

Using computers widens the achievement gap in writing, a federal study finds

Low-performing fourth-graders do poorly in writing tests given by computer, but high-performing students do better

A class of teenagers gave up smartphones for a week, and lived

Why some parents, teachers hope this becomes a global trend

Getting kids online at home is key to closing the digital divide — and harder than you might think

KENT, WA — As students stream off the schools buses here, the typical end-of-day scene unfolds with a twist. Thrown over the kids’ shoulders are sleek black laptop bags with…

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve a tax increase that will fund a $1.5 billion cap increase for E-Rate. (Photo credit: Nichole Dobo, The Hechinger Report)

FCC votes to increase E-rate funding for school technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve a tax increase that will generate $1.5 billion more each year on technology for the nation’s schools and libraries.…

Technology skills only scratch the surface of the digital divide

The realities of the “digital divide” are increasingly apparent. In a consumer culture that equates status with early adoption of the newest iPhone, access to new technology necessarily splits pretty…

Babak Mostaghimi, pictured at Town Hall in Duncan. Mostaghimi works with residents of Duncan through a grassroots coalition organized in hopes of improving education and community health in the region. (Photo by Aubrey Edwards/Next City)

When schools can’t get online

The community built a new barn, right next to their elementary school. They hung a sign over its red doorway, naming it Sunshine Farms. Inside, the children began conducting science…

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What it actually takes for schools to ‘go digital’

Statesville, N.C. – As a hazy morning sun rises over the rural farm community surrounding North Iredell Middle School, the students take their seats and lift their MacBooks to start…

A student in Jennifer Harmsen’s seventh-grade social studies classroom at Hillsborough Middle School watches a video on his Chromebook about life in ancient Rome. (Photo: Meghan E. Murphy)

Are iPads or Chromebooks better for schools?

For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning? It’s a question that has been on…

Kiara McPherson and Jeremiah Hilliard, two students at Em Boyd Elementary, work on a science project. Students say they prefer the iPads to the desktop computers that they used to use in class.

In Mississippi schools, access to technology lacking, uneven

CLINTON, Miss.—When Kelsi Collins was first given a laptop last year at Clinton High School, she hesitated to change from years of reading textbooks and writing assignments by hand to…

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