Edtech increases digital divide


The spread of edtech has not, as hoped, levelled the playing field but widened the gap in skills between children of affluence and children of poverty, a new study finds. Removing problems of access - for example, by placing computers in public libraries - doesn't solve this because given access rich kids and poor kids use technology differently, often because children of affluence have more guidance who help solve frustrating problems and steer children towards educational resources. The net result is a version of the "Matthew Effect" which sees early advantages multiply over time. 

Article: Edtech increases digital divide

Publication: Slate

Writer: Annie Murphy Paul