A recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that mobile internet access by African-Americans has increased by seven percentage points since last year and that mobile phone ownership and the use of mobile phone features is greater among this group than whites.
Does any of this suggest that the digital divide is closing? Maybe–it really depends on the nature of the use. Social use is an important factor, but if all we’re doing is Facebooking, texting, and Twittering, then mobile Internet access is having no real impact on the kinds of educational and socio-economic concerns that give rise to the divide.
The other question is to what extent are mobile devices appropriate tools for accessing the internet in a manner that becomes truly useful for research, study, and educational enhancement? As wonderful as our new technologies are (smart phones, iPads, etc.), we still have a ways to go before we can completely replace desktop and notebook computers and their impact on our learning and development. Get the overview from the Pew Research Center here: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Mobile-Access-2010.aspx
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