Digital Access

Digital access refers to “full electronic participation in society” (Ribble, 2011). Information technology provides a platform that connects learners with a world-wide library of information and, importantly, with other learners, educators and people who can contribute significantly to their education and development.

Although schools have been purchasing technologies for many years, ready access to Internet-connected technologies is not necessarily available to students at the time of learning need. Student-to-computer ratios are much improved over earlier times, but ready access is not always possible. This is changing as students increasingly carry their own digital devices. Such devices will continue to become more and more commonplace in students’ hands. Schools will need to decide their role in preparing students for a digital future. As part of this decision, they will need to determine student access using personal devices within educational contexts (Alberta Education, 2012a).

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