When you're going online to accomplish specific goals, it's good to make a list and check off everything as you go along. We've all been sidetracked by hyperlinks, and this is part of the addictive quality of the Internet.
From iPads to audio recorders, Smart Classrooms to online courses, new tools find their way into students' and educators' hands every day. But many teachers seem hesitant to embrace all this rapidly emerging technology.
Some will continue to debate whether apps are appropriate for kids at all -- regardless of income. But we've found that not only are touch screen apps intuitive and age-appropriate for young children, they also have powerful learning potential.
We are currently facing the greatest threat to first class citizenship, competitiveness, economic growth, and moral fiber as a nation since segregation. A deep digital divide exists at a critical point in our nation's history where we are transitioning from an industrial to a digital society.
As I was sitting at the bar in my local New York City watering hole recently, a troubling realization dawned on me: there were 14 people, men and women, sitting at the bar and every single one of them was using a smartphone, their faces glowing eerily from the backlight.
For the United States to be competitive with other nations, and to end the digital divide, the Treasury should invest what's necessary to build out and sustain fast national wireline and wireless services.
African Americans are now faced with a new wave of innovation, the digital age, which presents it's own set of challenges for African Americans and it's own set of opportunities for black media. Sadly, there has not been as strong of a showing in black media on the digital front. Why?
In the wireless age, we should be able to have a level playing field in which an idea -- an entrepreneur -- will be judged by the content of its concept rather than by the color of its maker. So we need to make everyone has equal access and the opportunity to do so.
Nowadays, one of the first things people hear when they start applying for jobs is: "Do you blog?" For a large number of people this question is anything but intimidating. For those stuck in the digital divide it can only pose one more question -- where to begin?
As the nation prepares to dedicate Dr. Martin Luther King's National Memorial, let's give ourselves this thought experiment: "What would Dr. King be doing today if he were armed with the social media and telecommunications technology we take for granted?"
If you see the news today you should know that that we are still in the midst of an unemployment crisis. But there is a significantly different phenomenon occurring in tech market -- a resource crunch.
Smart communities invest in themselves rather than depending on big, absentee corporations. Requiring Comcast to provide affordable broadband connections is better than not, but continuing to let Comcast effectively decide who can afford access to the Internet is madness.
Some transactions may be compelling to shareholders or have an attractive economic rationale, but transactions that shrink a sector usually come at the expense of communities of color. Too often, what may appear to be "good" for a company is, in fact, bad for minorities.