How important is it for Austin students to have access to technology in order to shrink the digital divide?

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By Loretta A. Ragsdell

Contributing Reporter / Columnist

Velma Knighton
"I think it is very important for them to have access to technology to shrink that digital divide because in this day and time, technology is full force.

Pierre Clark
"Our students have to have access to technology because that is what the world runs on today. Technology is what drives business, what drives connectivity, what drives all the things we do.

Sy Bounds
"I think if our young people don't have the right tools, especially when they leave grammar school, it's like sending a soldier into battle with a BB gun. I'm in touch with three youngsters now who need top computers. They are going from high school to college, and trust me, that is a big deficit when they go in and don't have those tools. Whether it be an iPad or computer, we need to make sure that they have it."

Dr. Shirley Scott
"I think it is important because it gives the kids a chance to have hands-on experience. They learn better to actually get online instead of the old traditional way of just picking up a book and trying to learn. What I found out as principal of Farrady Elementary School is that the kids grasped the information much better than just actually looking at a book. They enjoyed it.'

Jim Waller
"Well, it's critically important because technology is the direction the country is moving in. It's the direction the world is moving in, and without technology, we can't communicate at all. We can't communicate with each other. We can't communicate with the world. We can't educate ourselves. We can't educate our students."

Gerald Grayer
"I think it is extremely important because technology is the future, and a lot of the opportunities available to some people in other communities are more afforded. They have access. They have it in the libraries and their own homes. In this area it is needed. It's definitely needed. They need to have accessibility, not only in schools, but also in common areas. If there are large apartment complexes, they need to have it built in there too."

Originally published Aug. 18, 2011

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