Segments in this Video

Information Superhighway (05:34)


Who gets to drive on the information superhighway? An inner-city technology ghetto deprives many children of early technology experiences.

Limited Computer Access (04:09)

Poverty deprives many students of technology at home. At school, computer access is limited, and limited computer access translates into limited job skills in the future.

Community Technology Centers (04:31)

Universal access to computers can be provided through non-profit and community organizations such as the East Harlem Tutorial Program, one of a growing number of community technology centers.

Poor Versus Affluent Schools (05:13)

In affluent schools, students solve problems with computers, while in poorer schools they use them for drill and practice. Computer literacy does not come before literacy, however.

Inner City Schools and Tech Access (06:54)

Many inner city children graduate having had little or no exposure to computers. Steven attends a vocational-technical high school, but he last used a computer in eighth grade.

Access to Quality Education (04:14)

Children of color in low income communities need equal access to a quality education. Vincent, however, has access to computers and likes them.

Concord Family Services (04:50)

Shaquana becomes familiar with computers at the Concord Family Services Center, a foster family service that is community-based.

Hands-on Technology Skills (05:26)

Shaquana learns hands-on technology skills in an Urban Technology Center internship program. Her attitude about school, family, and her future changes.

Corporate America's Role (05:39)

Vincent teaches other children to write resumes. The success of community technology centers demonstrates that corporate America needs to step up and meet the needs of the inner city.

Technology: Key to Success (02:37)

Marc Benioff of Oracle Corp. believes that without access to technology, citizens will lack the ability to educate, communicate, or entertain themselves. Vincent proudly shows Dad his website.

Information is Power (04:13)

What will happen to those who are denied access to technology? Equal access to technology gives citizens equal access to information, which equates with power.

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Virtual Equality: The Information Revolution and the Inner City

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"Every child in America deserves a chance to participate in the Information Revolution," says President Clinton. But first, the inner-city technology ghetto must be eliminated. In this program, representatives of groups such as the National Urban League, ASPIRA, the East Harlem Tutorial Program, the Technology Access Foundation, and the Urban Technology Center examine the urgent need for technology-centered education through home computer access, community technology centers, and schools—properly funded and staffed. They also assess the use of computers as tools for higher learning rather than merely as drillmasters. (57 minutes)

Length: 58 minutes

Item#: BVL9330

Copyright date: ©1999

Closed Captioned

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