education's digital future

digital divides

Education is almost always unequally distributed, with significant implications for health, wellbeing, and overall life chances. Many are optimistic that the digital mediation of teaching and learning can be used to mitigate this inequality, yet the road ahead is far from clear.

Our discussions to date have explored how digital technologies have the potential to change the distribution of educational opportunities and learning in positive ways throughout the US and worldwide.


Major attention is being devoted to issues of digital divides and educational inequalities as nations and states design and implement strategies for K-12 technology-enhanced learning in an increasingly networked world. What approaches to tackling these issues are being attempted in the United States and around the globe, and what is being learned about what happens 'on the ground' when such strategies are implemented? This forum featured panelists Mark Warschauer (UC Irvine) and Wayne Grant (Intel). Mark Warschauer is a Professor of Education and Informatics, Associate Dean of the School of Education, and director of the Digital Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Wayne Grant is the Director of Research and Planning for the Education Market Platforms Group at Intel Corporation, where he leads a team of ethnographers and other social scientists, designers and architects to define technology platforms for the education market.