Bridging the Gap – Digital Divide

Digital divide

DIGITAL DIVIDE

Australians are high consumers of information technology thus heading towards a digitally fluent nation.  My journey towards digital fluency began 7 years ago where I was introduced to Facebook, YouTube and other Social Media Networks.  Since embarking upon my studies to be a teacher it is here where my digital skills have increased exponentially.  However not all people are digitally fluent due to unequal access to technology or lack of motivation.  People living in remote areas without internet access, low-income families and those living in developing countries can be negatively affected.  This inequality leaves many disadvantaged across many areas (Howell, 2012, p.55-56).  Finding ways to bridge the digital divide is essential to enable all individuals to participate in the economic, social and political arenas.

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‘One lap top per child’ is a non-profit organisation aimed at providing low-cost, low-powered internet connections to children in developing countries. This enables self-empowered learners generating positive future outcomes (Negroponte, 2008).  For more information or to make a donation visit here.

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As a life-long learner, I develop via my tertiary studies, using technology and asking for help. My learning curve  will also grow as I partake in e-learning programs such as those provided by ‘Digital Learning tree’.  This course provides step-by-step instruction and exercises on how to use technology effectively in the classroom meeting curriculum targets ensuring all students have equal opportunities to access technology thus bridging the digital divide.

References:

Howell, J. (2012) Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Australia.

Innovapedia. (2009). One Lap Top Per Child. (Image). Retrieved from http://www.innovapedia.org/home/innova-social/one-laptop-per-child/

Nicholas Negroponte. (2008). One Laptop per Child, two years on. (video file). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_TKjfgjiQs

Silicon Valley Enterpreneurs & Start Ups. (2013). Pitch and Demo Day Special: SVE Anniversary Celebration! (Image). Retrieved from http://www.meetup.com/sventrepreneurs/events/140659072/

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