2012 Digital Divide Infographic Highlights:
= "The Internet is responsible for 21% of economic growth in developed nations.
= Over 6,000,000 students in the US are taking online classes.
= 80% of teachers in the US feel that e-learning increases the quality of education.
= 100,000,000 houses in the US still lack high-speed internet access.
= Almost half of the poorest households in the US do not own a computer.
= Only 4% of the richest households in the US do not own a computer.
= Minorities in the US have significantly lower rates of internet access than whites.
= Rural households are 2 times more likely to have dial-up internet than urban households.
= The United States is ranked 12th in terms of internet access penetration worldwide.
= The United States is ranked 14th in terms of broadband internet penetration worldwide.
= 96% of Americans have 2 or fewer internet service provider (ISP) choices (lack of competition).
= Emerging technologies are costing Americans a lot more money than citizens of other developed nations.
= The FCC has launched a "National Broadband Plan" to help increase interent penetration in the United States."
TODAY IS A DAY TO SHARE IN WEB ACTION
As you come in today make sure folks with laptops sit in places (not the very back) where other students can gather around you to share the results on your screen as easily as possible. So everyone disperse yourselves to make this sharing as effective and simple as possible.
We will be doing Web Action exercises together today, and we will use this as an opportunity to collaborate, create coalitions, organize, and otherwise put a consideration of process and possibility into play!