The "digital divide" is defined as the gap between those individuals and communities that have, and do not have, access to the information technologies that are transforming our lives. US Census data shows that 143 million Americans, or about 54 percent of the population, are using the Internet. One goal of our technology curriculum is to help our students become good "digital citizens" - using the internet safely & effectively.
More importantly - what key skills must our students possess to be considered "literate" in the 21st century? We believe that all students should be able to conduct online research, create Web sites, maintain blogs/wikis, assemble multimedia presentations, produce videos, use GPS devices to acquire scientific data and otherwise manipulate various technological equipment to acquire and record knowledge and understanding.
The one skill, above all others, that will distinguish a "literate" person in the future is programming literacy. The ability to make digital technology do whatever one wants it to do - to bend technology to one's needs, purposes, and will, just as in the present we bend words and images.