Technology Increases Divide Between Rich and Poor Students

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

There are new numbers today about just how deep the technology gap is when you compare richer and poorer school districts in America. A new study by Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project finds that 8 out of 10 teachers think technology is leading to wider disparities between the haves and have-nots.

In richer districts, 52 percent of teachers had students look up information online as part of the class discussion. The report shows it drops to 35 percent in poorer areas. The teachers surveyed taught AP classes or were part of the National Writing Project.

Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet American Life Project, joins Marketplace Tech host David Brancaccio to explain what's behind the disparity and how it is affecting classrooms.

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