The notion of digital divide means the lack of skill or capability to use the technology that was being integrated, especially in learning activities. Training on how to use the Internet is critical to closing the digital gap. Being digitally literate is more than having access to technology. It means using the digital devices appropriately. One should possess cognitive and technical skills in order to find, understand, create, communicate, and evaluate digital information in various forms. A teacher must consider that technology in the classroom can be all three. Certainly using technology and media is more entertaining that using a textbook or listening to a monotonous lecture but beyond the entertainment value, how can technology be integrated for Project-based learning or for critical thinking skills?
The educational value, then, of technology is how it empowers students to go beyond the original content and construct new knowledge. Granted, behind the technology–especially media–lies finances, but with open courses at universities, TED talks, and free software which allows teachers and students to use technology to introduce learning, deepen learning, and expand learning, economics is not as important the relationship between technology, media and education. Nowadays the majority of students in the K-12 system cannot remember a time when they did not have computers and Internet to help them in their studies and all other phases of their lives. In this light, the divide seems less threatening. And though there will always be a new app to learn or a new operating system to get used to.