New digital divide: Lower-income kids waste more time with their gadgets. – M. Downey

Downey, Maureen.  “New digital divide: Lower-income kids waste more time with their gadgets.”  Atlanta Journal Constitution Get Schooled Blog.  May 31, 2012.  Retrieved from: http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/05/31/new-digital-divide-lower-income-kids-waste-more-time-with-their-gadgets/

This is a summary of a New York Times article about how students who live in poverty use their tech gadgets more for entertainment than learning.  From the NYT:

“Despite the educational potential of computers, the reality is that their use for education or meaningful content creation is minuscule compared to their use for pure entertainment,” said Vicky Rideout, author of a decade-long Kaiser study on online patterns, in a New York Times story on the issue. “Instead of closing the achievement gap, they’re widening the time-wasting gap.”

 

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