Topic 4: Participation and the Digital Divide
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Following is the script to my Voki
Lets talk about Participation and the Digital Divide for students in Australia.
Fortunately students in schools are lucky enough to be exposed to increasing amounts of digital experiences. However, not everybody is able to participate in the luxury of consolidating these digital learning practices in the comfort of their own home, therefore causing the Digital Divide. As Jennifer Howell (Howell, 2012) describes, “the digital divide is the gap between what can be afforded or cannot to be afforded regarding ICT’s and digital technologies”.
Prue Bentley (Prue Bentley,2014) says the following about the Digital Divide “As we become more reliant on the digital world for communication, information and commerce, a new divide is opening up between the haves and have nots”
Now, we know the importance of being fluent in digital technologies in our digital world to learn, express and adapt. However what happens to those who don’t get the chance to fully participate? Are they being left behind? Will they be able to have the same opportunities to express themselves in their learning? How will it affect them in the future for both higher education and when they join the workforce? (Mannolini-Winwood, 2016)
21st century learners rely significantly on digital tools in the classroom. Digital programs such as Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop, website designing, and accessing the World Wide Web are just some of the digital programs and knowledge processing software that students use in the classroom.
From an employers point of view, they are what is referred to as digitally expectant. Employers expect their employees to be able to use basic digital technologies and have up to date computer literate skills. (Howell, 2012).
The CEO of Infoxchange, David Spriggs expressed his concern about the divide “There’s a whole range of aspects of our lives these days you just can’t connect with unless you’re online,”.(Bentley 2014) (Infoxchange, 2016)
Although more students are being exposed to digital technologies in schools, there are others who don’t have the same opportunities in Australia. There is a divide between those that are information rich due to having sufficient access to information technology and those that are information poor due to the lack of access. (Durgasathyan, 2013).
We as Educators should endeavour to bridge this gap and put an end to the divide in knowledge by consistently supporting and scaffolding the learning of the child by opening up opportunities and providing enriched educational experiences.
List of used References
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. Melbourne, Australia: OUP Australia and New Zealand.
Bentley, P. (2014, July 3). Bridging the digital divide. Retrieved October 22, 2016, from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-02/bridging-the-digital-divide/5566644
Mannolini-Winwood, S. (2016). Week 4 Topic: Participation and the digital divide, who misses out? [Lecture Notes] Retrieved from Curtin University, Blackboard Collaborate Website: https://lms.curtin.edu.au/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_76602_1&content_id=_4150642_1&mode=reset
Suzuki, L. (2015, September 11). OpenSesame. [Image]. Retrieved October 22, 2016, from https://www.opensesame.com/blog/digital-divide-bridge-gap
Infoxchange. (2016, July 7). Retrieved October 22, 2016, from https://www.infoxchange.org/au
Durgasathyan. (2013, December 27). Vishnu Durga. Retrieved October 22, 2016, from http://www.slideshare.net/durgasathyan/knowledge-gap-information-rich-and-information-poor