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Week 04: Digital divide

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Although much of the focus of the digital divide is between developed and developing countries, it is evident that a digital divide exists within our own education system. Schools are increasingly using computers however, those students without access to technology and the internet outside of school are still disadvantaged.

Barrett (2014) points out in her report (New test evaluates student digital literacy) that by 2016 all NAPLAN testing will be conducted on line. How does this benefit students? How will students with limited technological experience cope when they are already under pressure to perform? How much time will teachers be expected to spend teaching basic computer use to those students in order for them to complete such testing?

While it may seem advantageous to provide laptops for student use, the advantage, or equality, is removed immediately a student leaves the school wi-fi network if they do not have internet access at home. Similarly, for students in remote locations, their only option may be to travel away to school.

technology-is-changing-thumb[cropped]While there are many groups helping to bridge the digital divide between developed and developing nations, there also needs to be a focus on reducing the digital divide in education in Australia. In today’s digital world, it is increasingly important that all students have an equal opportunity to participate.

Weekly Task:  Infographic on digital divide (see image top of post).

References

Barrett, R. (2014, March 14). Computer literacy tested in schools amid concerns of digital divide. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-13/students-skills-tested-amid-digital-divide-concerns/5319156

Computer Ethics (2010, November 28). digital-divide-267×300 [image]. Retrieved from http://ethicsandtechnologyuseineducation.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/digital-divide.html

Hannielledill (2010, November 29). digital-divide3-767283 [image]. Retrieved from http://hannielledill.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/bridging-digital-divide.html

Lyon World Web Capital (2012, February 22). DigitalDivide-une-460×250 [image]. Retrieved from http://off.www2012.org/digital-divide-www2012-themes-in-infographics/?lang=en

Privacy Awareness Week (2014).  technology-is-changing-thumb [image] [cropped].  Retrieved from http://www.privacyawarenessweek.org/resources.html

University English: the blog for ESL students (2011, November 4). eba78ced8f89 [image]. Retrieved from http://richardlstansfield.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/digital-divide/

User Generated Education (2012, May 18). 2012-05-18_0833 [image]. Retrieved from http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/is-there-a-digital-divide-or-an-intellectual-pedagogical-one/

Which-50 (2014, March 10). diggy-divide [image]. Retrieved from http://which-50.com/blog/2014/march/10/the-new-digital-divide-thoughts-for-leaders-and-laggards/#.UzS_g87DWOY

Wittmann, Peter (2014). 448970340_640 [image]. Retrieved from http://vimeo.com/74572428

World Resources SIM Center (2012, August 16). 1_-_whats_the_digital_divide_1 [image]. Retrieved from http://www.wrsc.org/attach_image/whats-digital-divide

The Digital Divide

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It is interesting to note that the digital divide is not just a difference in the ability to connect to the internet and other technology. There is also a digital divide between those who are technologically savvy, and those who lack experience and expertise. These differences can be seen between developed and developing nations. It can also be seen within nations such as ours.

In Australia, there is a divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and their ability to connect technologically. There is also a divide between those with access to cable technology and those in more remote areas (read almost everywhere outside a capital city).

This discrepancy ensures that those in the right place are those with the best opportunities in the digital world. Does this mean that everyone should move to the city to access this technology? If so, where would our farming products come from? Do those of us who live in remote areas send our children to the city to access such technology?

Australia has replaced analogue technology with digital for mobile phones and television. Does it provide better access for those in remote locations? This was a considered outcome prior to the rollout, but has it eventuated? Personal experience leaves me no choice but to accept that there are limitations to digital reception, particularly behind mountains and during stormy weather.

 

References

Wittmann, Peter (2014). 448970340_640 [image]. Retrieved from http://vimeo.com/74572428.

Computer Ethics (2010, November 28). digital-divide-267×300 [image]. Retrieved from http://ethicsandtechnologyuseineducation.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/digital-divide.html.

Hannielledill (2010, November 29). digital-divide3-767283 [image]. Retrieved from http://hannielledill.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/bridging-digital-divide.html.

User Generated Education (2012, May 18). 2012-05-18_0833 [image]. Retrieved from http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/is-there-a-digital-divide-or-an-intellectual-pedagogical-one/.

Which-50 (2014, March 10). diggy-divide [image]. Retrieved from http://which-50.com/blog/2014/march/10/the-new-digital-divide-thoughts-for-leaders-and-laggards/#.UzS_g87DWOY.

University English: the blog for ESL students (2011, November 4). eba78ced8f89 [image]. Retrieved from http://richardlstansfield.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/digital-divide/.

World Resources SIM Center (2012, August 16). 1_-_whats_the_digital_divide_1 [image]. Retrieved from http://www.wrsc.org/attach_image/whats-digital-divide.

Lyon World Web Capital (2012, February 22). DigitalDivide-une-460×250 [image]. Retrieved from http://off.www2012.org/digital-divide-www2012-themes-in-infographics/?lang=en.