Matt Rafalow

Matt Rafalow is a doctoral candidate in sociology at UC Irvine with research interests in education and technology. He has published on technology use in schools and digital youth culture, and is co-authoring a book on learning online from work with the Connected Learning Research Network, a MacArthur Foundation-funded research initiative. Prior to graduate work in Irvine, he received his master’s in education from Columbia University Teachers College. Website:

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Seeking the Next Steve Jobs

Thursday, July 16, 2015

steve jobs graphic collage made up of apple products Most practitioners and education researchers argue that digital divides are still the biggest obstacle to ensuring that diverse populations of youth have a shot at becoming the next Steve Jobs. Among these divides are gaps in students’ digital skills. For example, studies find that teachers do not equally teach the same digital skills in Internet use, online collaboration, and digital production. But school technology rollouts in recent history suggest it’s more than just about skills. When in 2013, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) signed a $30 million deal with Apple to buy iPads for its