CC Licensed (BY NC SD) by Luc Legay : http://www.flickr.com/photos/luc/2944876508/sizes/o/in/photostream/Delving In To The Digital Divide....
CC Licensed (BY SA) by Clive Darr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/osde-info/4179896028/ ‘The discrepancy between those who do and do not have access to new information and communication technologies’ (Zhong, 2010, para 3).
CC Licensed (BY NC SA) by Judy Baxter:http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/581328710/lightbox/ The NBN… A new technology which will revolutionise teaching and learning in Australia, and will contribute towards bridging the digital divide.
Alternative Viewpoints. On The Digital Divide… It does not exist and That there are several divides instead of one (Steyart, 2002, p. 5).CC Licensed (BY SA) by Steve_h (no real name provided):http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbh/3830558092/sizes/l/in/photostream/
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Teachers need to provide students with equitable access to technology within the classroom….. Just because everyone gets a turn does not mean equity is being achieved (Swayne & Pearson, 2011, p. 11).CC Licensed (BY) by flickingerbrad:http://www.flickr.com/photos/56155476@N08/6659976191/sizes/m/in/photostrea
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CC licensed (BY) by woodley wonderworks: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73645804@N00/440672445/ Who Is Responsible For Bridging The Divide? • The Teachers? • The Parents? • The Students? • The Wider Community? • The Government?
CC Licensed (BY NC SA) by Fiduz (No Real NameGiven): http://www.flickr.com/photos/61401915@N08/5668493818/ Recommended Readings… 1. Black, R. and Atkinson, J. (2007). Addressing The Digital Divide in Rural Australia. Southern Cross University Printery, 45-62. 1. Curtin, J. (2001). A Digital Divide In Rural and Regional Australia. Department of Parliamentary Library, Canberra. 3. Henderson, R. (2011). Classroom Pedagogies, Digital Literacies, and the Home-School Digital Divide. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 6(2), 152-161. 4. Valadez, J. (2007). Redefining the Digital Divide: Beyond Access to Computers and the Internet. High School Journal, 90(3), 31-44. 5. Warschauer, M (2004). Technology And Social Inclusion: Rethinking the Digital Divide. MIT Press, Massachusetts, USA.
Questions For Dicsussion… 1. What can the school do to ensure students are developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to bridge the digital divide? 2. What measures can the school take to get the community involved in bridging the divide? 3. How can students, (particularly those who are struggling) ensure that they don’t get left behind?CC Licensed (BY SA) by opensourceway:http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5445602998/sizes/o/in/
Recommendations• The school should develop a committee or board to ensure effective measures are being taken to bridge the digital divide (Trotter, 2000, p. 3).• Members of the community including parents, students, and local MP’s should be invited to partake in the committee in order to effectively develop solutions (Trotter, 2000, p. 3).• Teachers should actively request funds or resources from companies to provide additional and up to date resources within the school (Swayne & Pearson, 2001, p. 13).• Teachers should take an active role in identifying students who are struggling with digital literacy and provide a remedial classes for students who require additional help (Goldberg, 1976, p. 1).• Students need to seek out opportunities for gaining access to and knowledge about digital technologies. This may be employing a buddy system with a friend, visiting places such as libraries, asking a teacher when unsure, or joining a technology-related group or club within the community if applicable. (Spitzer, 2001, cited in Khan, 2005, p. 156).