The Digital Divide

Smart-DevicesIn modern society it is becoming more and more common for younger and younger children to own smart devices. But in the bring your own device society that we currently live in, there are inequalities that some might face. The digital divide is the gap that desperately needs to be bridged between the people who do have access to digital technologies and the internet and those that don’t. Socioeconomic status and geographic location play a major role in access to technologies and the internet(Howell, 2012).

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Bridging the divide requires every man, women and child to be on an equal playing field with access to technology, digital fluency and digital expectations(howell,2012), whether its giving people computer or opening computer rooms for the public to use freely and training on how to navigate them properly, in America $100 million is being put towards building community technology centers in low-income areas and $10 million to train Native Americans for technical careers(Steele-Carlin, 2000). There are many philanthropic organisations all over the world like “close the gap” and “network for good” who both fix second-hand devices and donate them to people who do not have access to technology. There are also government schemes in Australia, like the Digital education Revolution, being used to bridge the gap for teachers as well as students in terms of training and how to incorporate technology into the classroom (DEAG, 2013).

Although there are people who are that are taking steps to bridge the divide the argument could be made that these steps aren’t monetarily viable solutions on larger scales(Steele-Carlin, 2000), for example the “one laptop per child” program. Giving a digital device that costs ten dollars to one hundred thousand people would cost one million dollars, consider now how many people there are in Australia, not to mention how many people in any 3rd world country without access to technology or a digital device. The solution not only has to include students but has to also include the elderly parents, teachers or even people are just losing work because of their lack of technological knowledge. There is such a large portion of people from different demographics that are victims of the digital divide that perhaps multiple solutions are needed to provide equality in education.

Below is a picture called a wordle, this web based program allows you to group words of your choosing into any shape size and colour. I found this program to be a fun and colourful way of adding information to a project, I used this wordle in my Infograph that is posted above.

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References

  • Howell, J, 2012, Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity
  • Education Department, 2013, Digital Education Advisory Group (DEAG) Final Report, retrieved from https://education.gov.au/technology-schools?resource
  • Steele-Carlin S,2000, Caught in the Digital Divide retrieved from  http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech041.shtml#sthash.VKYtZiq0.dpuf

Photos

  • http://www.milbay.com.au/Home/webdev 2014
  • World Recources Sim Centre, (2012)Close the Digital Divide[image], retrieved from http://www.wrsc.org/attach_image/close-digital-divide
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