Research and discuss what is meant by the digital, pedagogical, and resource divide, why a divide exists, and how the divide might best be addressed.
The ISTE standards call on educational leaders to advocate for equitable access to educational
technology, digital content, and learning opportunities for all students. In this paper, you will
research and explain educational and digital equity and how technology can best be leveraged to
support teaching and learning in today’s digital world. The significant focus for this paper should
be on equity and justice issues for underrepresented populations, socially and economically
disadvantaged learners, or disparity issues regarding access to technologies and resources, both
in and out of school. The body of your paper should be 8-10 pages, not including the title page
and references. An abstract is not required.
Research and discuss what is meant by the digital, pedagogical, and resource divide, why a
divide exists, and how the divide might best be addressed. Identify data representing gaps that
currently exist at either the national, state, or local level. Suggest and discuss several possible
strategies for addressing the gaps you identify. News articles, including media, may be used for
As you plan and organize your paper be sure to address the following question with a focus on
the importance of advocacy: Is digital equity a social justice issue? Why/Why not?
Use the reading and study materials provided in the course along with resources found in the
Jerry Falwell Library (JFL) to help you identify information, especially as related to educational
technology. A minimum of ten quality references is required for this paper with no fewer than
five references from scholarly literature. All references must have been published within the last
5 years. Due to the timeliness of the topic, for at least two of the references from scholarly
literature, limit your search in the JFL database to scholarly and peer-reviewed articles published
within the last year. News articles or media used for data sourcing should be current within the
last two years.
Begin each section with a brief introduction on what will be covered under the
heading. Formatting is to follow the guidelines of the current APA style. As a doctoral student,
part of the requirements for this paper includes a careful review of and adherence to the most
current APA formatting guidelines.