Serving to Bridge the Digital Divide
Thriving in the 21st century requires informed, innovative, teachers and students who are technologically literate. As part of our mission at Cristo Rey Tampa to get students to and through college, we are making provisions to integrate instructional technology with teaching and learning performance success to equip our teachers and students with programs, platforms, and devices essential to bridging the technology gap between lower income students and their more privileged counterparts. This technology gap known as the digital divide suggests that students who are not predisposed to the regular use of technology at home and in the classroom lack the ability to explore digital and foreign spoken languages, are less likely to succeed in problem-solving, have low social interaction, and are overall less self-directed in regards to learning (Khalid & Pedersen, 2016; Rogers, 2016; Warschauer, 2016). In an effort to bridge the digital divide, we provide our students with access to Google's innovative education platforms, productivity tools, and devices such as Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Chromebooks.