Week 4- The digital Divide- Written Summation

What is the digital divide?? The digital divide is defined as ” the socioeconomic and other disparities between those people who have opportunities and skills enabling them to benefit from digital resources, especially the Internet, and those who do not have these opportunities” (Dictionary.com, n.d.).

According to Howell (2012) “increasingly, parents, employers and the wider community expect the education system to produce technologically fluent students who can use a wide variety of digital technologies, and who can adapt to emerging technologies” (p.55).

“Parents are aware of the increasingly digital world and normally expect the teaching and learning their children engage in to include digital technologies” (Howell, 2012, p.55).

“Schools are increasingly asked to bridge the digital divide between what parents can afford and what they would like their children to be experienced or fluent in” (Howell, 2012, p.55).

Rogers (2016) suggested that “the digital divide represents an important social problem accompanying the diffusion of the internet in the USA, and in other nations”.

Rogers (2016) believes that “the digital divide is the gap that exists between individuals advantaged by the internet and those individuals relatively disadvantaged by the internet”.

“Currently 1 in 5 Australians are not accessing the Internet” (Bentley, 2014, para.4).

The video below describes the Digital divide in education.

So How Can We Bridge The Digital Divide???

Broadbent and Papadopoulos, (2011) states that “being part of the digital divide in the twentieth century disconnects you from a part of your world that now exists for others”.

The Wired Community@Collingwood is a “project that aims to bridge the digital divide” (Broadbent & Papadopoulos, 2011).

Broadbent  and Papadopoulos (2011) said ” a multi-method approach was implemented in the first year of the evaluation, included the collection of qualitative data”.

Connecting with participants provided the project with a rich source of information, but required a time-consuming methodology that respected the barriers which participants faced (Broadbent & Papadopoulos, 2011).

“However, the narrative that is now a part of this project brought to life the impact of ICT in this community. Being a part of the digital divide in the twentieth century disconnects you from a part of your world that now exists for others. At Collingwood, these participants are making those connections on a daily basis and are excited about the new possibilities of being a part of the available technology. This study evidences the impact of bridging the digital divide in one of the most disadvantaged communities in Australia” (Broadbent & Papadopoulos, 2011).

Image result for the digital divide

References

Bentley, P. (2014). Lack of Affordable Broadband Causing Digital Divide. Retrieved from

            http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-02/bridging-the-digital-divide/5566644

Broadbent, R., & Papadopoulos, T. (2011). Bridging the Digital Divide- An Australian Story. Retrieved from

            http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0144929X.2011.572186

Digital Divide. (2016). Retrieved from

            http://www.dictionary.com/browse/digital-divide

Google. (2016). Digital Divide [Image]. Retrieved from

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=the+digital+divide&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=613&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj99MHS1-jPAhUBV2MKHbmRBD0Q_AUIBigB#imgrc=bdmhQSppHJj7aM%3A

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching With ICT.  South Melobourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press.

Rogers, E. (2016). The Digital Divide. Retrieved from

            http://con.sagepub.com/content/7/4/96.short

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