Drake University is getting a 400-thousand dollar grant to study and promote what’s being called “information technology literacy.” The grant will pay for a three-year study of finding ways to narrow the digital divide. Researchers will look at how people who don’t have Internet access are falling behind. Drake education professor Sally Beisser says we all make decisions based on information. Those with easy access to the wealth of information on the Internet are best informed.The project will involve a new class in Digital Citizenship that’ll be taught at Drake in the fall. Students will be trained to become volunteers who’ll help others learn to communicate over the World Wide Web.Beisser says since businesses, universities, political parties and government officials at all levels are on-line, people who aren’t on-line don’t have such easy access to new ideas, their leaders and their policies. The grant is the largest Drake has ever received from the National Science Foundation.
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