ICT in the Primary School

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LITERACY AND CONTENT:
BUILDING A FOUNDATION
FOR BRIDGING THE
DIGITAL DIVIDE

Andy Carvin

The Benton Foundation is a US institution which works to realize the social benefits made possible by the public interest use of communications. Andy Carvin's chapter makes a distinctive contribution to this book in presenting a discussion of the 'digital divide' which focuses on issues relating to the wider community in which children are growing up, learning and attending schools. In any consideration of the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in primary schools, it is important to step back and analyse the range of factors which influence children's experiences, both inside and beyond the classroom walls. In a period when government policies reflect the priority given to ICT provision in schools, issues of equity, access and participation must be addressed. The digital divide is not a simplistic description of 'haves and have nots' and Andy Carvin's discussion highlights the significance of a critical and informed approach to key issues of literacy and content in the use of communication technologies.


Introduction

Over the course of the last several years, politicians and citizens alike have grappled with the public policy issue commonly known as the 'digital divide'. In today's digital economy, the question of whether or not you have access to information technology (IT) is no small matter

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