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The Digital Divide

The Digital Divide has been an issue since personal computers were first introduced, but it became more of an issue when schools began using them in the classroom and assigning homework for which completion requires computers and the Internet. Suppose the year is 2002 and you read this article about the Digital Divide at www.edutopia.org/digital-divide-where-we-are-today. That article was published in 2002. As a citizen of this country, you have the right to decide how you stand on the issue of closing the Digital Divide. You cannot do that unless you understand the issue, analyze what experts have to say about it, and then formulate your own opinion. Use content from the 2002 article above and do further research to prepare a thoughtful paper 1-2 pages in length, single-spaced except for a blank line between the five main sections. Do not exceed two pages plus a separate Works Cited page. Assume that your intended audience knows nothing about the Digital Divide. Use MS Word or the word processor of your choice to write the paper. Name the file yourlastname_DigitalDivide. Include a separate Works Cited page that will not count toward the 1-2 page requirement. Use MLA format for your citations. (20% will be deducted from your grade if the Works Cited is missing.) You'll need to do additional research that is current because you'll be asked to compare and contrast the issue in 2002 versus the issue today. Your paper should contain five labeled sections as shown below. Use complete sentences and label your answers with the appropriate numbers (1-5) and letters (a, b). Separate your answers from each other. Do not use quotations. Paraphrase for all materials gathered from external sources. Points will be deducted for lack of clarity, poor grammar and composition skills, misspelled words, and not following instructions. 1. Explanation a. A definition of the Digital Divide issue as defined in 2002. b. A definition as defined today. (If the definition has not changed since 2002, say so. You must be able to support this with a citation.) 2. Evidence a. Give specific examples of the Digital Divide in 2002. b. Give specific examples for today. 3. Assumption (Read the rubric for this part to clarify what is meant here.) Note: Even though "Assertion" and "Assumption" are not synonymous, replacing "Assumption" with "Assertion" in the grading rubric should clarify that section for you. a. What were assertions (called "assumptions" in the grading rubric) of the experts for or against closing the Digital Divide in 2002? b. What are the assertions (called "assumptions" in the grading rubric) of the experts for or against closing the Digital Divide today? 4. Student Position a. What is your position on what is needed in order to close the digital divide? b. What led you (ie what has influenced you) to take that position? 5. Conclusion a. Is the digital divide less of an issue today than in 2002? Explain your answer. b. Do you see the digital divide as still being an issue in 2025? Explain your answer. Submit your completed paper to this page on or before the due date. Points will be deducted for not following instructions regarding the formatting and labeling of your paper. Rubric Critical Thinking (2) Critical Thinking (2) Criteria Ratings Pts Explanation: Apply critical thinking skills to the solution of complex problems Capstone 4 - Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated clearly and described comprehensively, delivering all relevant information necessary for full understanding. 20.0 pts Milestone 3 - Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated, described, and clarified so that understanding is not seriously impeded by omissions. 13.0 pts Milestone 2 - Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated, but description leaves some terms undefined, ambiguities unexplored, boundaries undetermined, and/or backgrounds unknown. 7.0 pts Benchmark 1 - Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated without clarification or description. 0.0 pts 20.0 pts Evidence: Evaluate inferences, conclusions, and arguments for clarity, precision, relevance, accuracy, breadth, depth, significance, logic, and fairness. Capstone 4 - Information is taken from source(s) with enough interpretation/ evaluation to develop a comprehensive analysis or synthesis. Viewpoints of experts are questioned thoroughly. 20.0 pts Milestone 3 - Information is taken from source(s) with enough interpretation/ evaluation to develop a coherent analysis or synthesis. Viewpoints of experts are subject to questioning. 13.0 pts Milestone 2 - Information is taken from source(s) with some interpretation/ evaluation, but not enough to develop a coherent analysis or synthesis. Viewpoints of experts are taken as mostly fact, with little questioning. 7.0 pts Benchmark 1 - Information is taken from source(s) without any interpretation/ evaluation. Viewpoints of experts are taken as fact, without question. 0.0 pts 20.0 pts Assumptions: Recognize assumptions used in reasoning; Identify the points of view held by onesself and others with respect to an issue. Capstone 4 - Thoroughly (systematically and methodically) analyzes own and others assumptions and carefully evaluates the relevance of contexts when presenting a position 20.0 pts Milestone 3 - Identifies own and others’ assumptions and several relevant contexts when presenting a position 13.0 pts Milestone 2 - Questions some assumptions. Identifies several relevant contexts when presenting a position. May be more aware of others assumptions than ones own (or vice versa). 7.0 pts Benchmark 1 - Shows an emerging awareness of present assumptions (sometimes labels assertions as assumptions). Begins to identify some contexts when presenting a position. 0.0 pts 20.0 pts Student's postition: Differentiate between opinion and fact. Formulate clear, precise, and relevant questions. Identify, assess, and interpret relevant information. Capstone 4 - Specific position (perspective, thesis / Hypothesis) is imaginative, taking into account the complexities of an issue. Limits of position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis) are acknowledged. Others points of view are synthesized within position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis). 20.0 pts Milestone 3 - Specific position(perspective, thesis/hypothesis) takes into account the complexities of an issue. Others’ points of view are acknowledged within position (perspective, thesis/ hypothesis). 13.0 pts Milestone 2 - Specific position (perspective, thesis/ hypothesis) acknowledges different sides of an issue. 7.0 pts Benchmark 1 - Specific position (perspective, thesis/ hypothesis) is stated, but is simplistic and obvious. 0.0 pts 20.0 pts Conclusions and related outcomes (implications and consequences). Analyze the implications and practical consequences of a line of reasoning. Demonstrate a willingness to change one's opinion based on new evidence. Capstone 4 - Conclusions and related outcomes (consequences and implications) are logical and reflect student’s informed evaluation and ability to place evidence and perspectives discussed in priority order. 20.0 pts Milestone 3 - Conclusion is logically tied to a range of information, including opposing viewpoints, related outcomes (consequences and implications) are identified clearly. 13.0 pts Milestone 2 - Conclusion is logically tied to information (because information is chosen to fit the desired conclusion); some related outcomes (consequences and implications) are identified clearly. 7.0 pts Benchmark 1 - Conclusion is inconsistently tied to some of the information discussed; related outcomes (consequences and implications) are oversimplified. 0.0 pts 20.0 pts Total Points: 100.0 Previous Next
The Digital Divide has been an issue since personal computers were first introduced, but it became more of an issue when schools began using them in the classroom and assigning homework for which completion requires computers and the Internet. Suppose the year is 2002 and you read this article about the Digital Divide at www.edutopia.org/digital-divide-where-we-are-today.
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