Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan


This thesis examines the effects of the digital divide on students primarily coming from low socioeconomic areas and how schools can help close the digital divide. It will look at who has access to technology and how access differs between different groups of people. The way in which technology is used in classrooms and also how students are taught using available technology will also be examined. The schools examined serve a student population that is made up of families from low-income areas. Lastly, it will look at what schools can do to better enable these students to be proficient in technology use. This includes examining programs that schools have in place, teacher beliefs and attitudes, and also how schools are training teachers to better use technology in their classrooms. Schools can best help students benefit from technology use by ensuring access, as well as altering the way they utilize devices and programs within classrooms. Schools need to provide teachers with meaningful technology training so that they feel more comfortable using it and can better enable student use at a more meaningful level.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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