Poster Session

Closing the Digital Divide with a Summer Technology Camp for Digital Literacy

Thurs. 12:45pm-2:00pm

Abstract
Summer Technology Camps have occurred across the U.S. for over a decade. However, the price tag to attend these camps – typically hundreds of dollars – contributes towards a digital divide in many urban and inner city districts where children cannot attend due to the high cost of participation. To offset this problem, university faculty, several organizations, and numerous volunteers formed a partnership to bring an affordable digital literacy summer technology camp to 2nd through 8th graders. Come see what the children accomplished using computers, and Kindle Fire HD and iPad tablets; and learn how to successfully repeat the process in your school district.

Edwards, Gloria

Bio
I have taught Instructional Technology and technology-based courses as part of my full-time faculty duties for the past 19 years. My research interest focuses on the use of technology tools, particularly digital and web-based ones, and how the ability or inability to effectively use them impacts the attitudes and productivity of diverse groups of learners (traditional and non-traditional) in higher education and the workplace.