Equitable Access and Use

Jones, Valdez, Nowakowski, and Rasmussen (1994) define equity as "the goal of universal participation" (p. 29). They note the meaning of technological equity in schools:

"Technology is a tool that gives everyone an equal chance to learn....Universal participation, as a policy goal, means that all students in all schools have access to and are active on the information highway in ways that support engaged learning. Inequities will be reduced because everyone will have equal access and equal opportunity to learn." (p. 29)

To achieve equity, David (1994) notes that technology must be readily accessible to educators as well as students:

"Access to technology requires that it be readily at hand for use as needed, not simply for uses that can be predicted in advance and squeezed into a fixed time slot. For example, teachers are far more likely to use video instruction when the choice and timing are under their control. Similarly, teachers and administrators are less likely to use telecommunication networks when they must go to a remote location to do so. Nor can students exploit the power of word processing if they must wait for their daily or weekly scheduled time in a lab. The technology must be readily accessible for use when it is needed."

For further information on equity, refer to the following sources:

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