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The Digital Disconnect: The Widening Gap Between Internet-Savvy Students and Their Schools
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, , American Institutes for Research, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Using the Internet is the norm for today's youth. Due in large part to public policy initiatives, it is conventional wisdom that much of this use occurs in schools. Not surprisingly, one of the most common activities that youth report undertaking online is schoolwork. Yet, little is known about student use of the Internet for schoolwork. Nor has there been much exploration of the consequences of those teenage views for educators, policy makers, and parents. To address this issue, the American Institutes for Research conducted a qualitative study of the attitudes and behaviors of Internet-using middle and high school students from across the country. In sum, the study found that large numbers of students say they are changing because of their out-of-school use of the Internet-and their reliance on it. Internet-savvy students are coming to school with different expectations, different skills, and access to different resources.

Citation

Arafeh, S. & Levin, D. (2003). The Digital Disconnect: The Widening Gap Between Internet-Savvy Students and Their Schools. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1002-1007). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 16, 2019 from .

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