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Digital Equity: Technology & Learning in the Lives of Lower Income Families

Dec 6 2019 | Washington, DC
Fee: No
Open to public: No
Category: Cooney Center

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Rutgers University, and New America are hosting Digital Equity: Technology & Learning in the Lives of Lower Income Families on February 3, 2016.

The forum will highlight the results of a nationwide survey of lower-income families, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will deliver opening remarks.

Key topics include:

  • Demographic differences in families’ online connectivity
  • Presence of digital devices and Internet connections in the home
  • Use of libraries and other community access points
  • Barriers to consistent access and implications of mobile-only connectivity
  • Experiences with subsidized Internet access
  • How families use digital technology for home-school connections and for informal learning
  • Untapped family and community assets that can be leveraged in digital equity programs.

Featured Speakers:

Pat Esser
President of Cox Communications

Zach Leverenz

Sarah Morris
Policy Director, Open Technology Institute at New America

Jeff Chester
Center for Digital Democracy

Deb Socia
Next Century Cities

Craig Watkins
Professor, University of Texas, Austin
Author, The Young and the Digital

Susan Neuman
Professor, New York University
Author, Giving our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty, Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital

Vicky Rideout
Principal, VJR Consulting
Co-Director of the Digital Equity Study

Michael Levine
Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
Co-Author, Tap, Click Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens

Vikki Katz
Associate Professor, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University
Author, Kids in the Middle: How Children of Immigrants Negotiate Community Interactions for their Families

The event will be livestreamed:

Follow the discussion online by using #DigitalEquity and following @NewAmericaEd and @CooneyCenter