Follow the link to the Voki presentation focusing on the topic ‘Participation and the Digital Divide.’
Following is the script to my Voki.
Digital divide is defined as the difference between those who have access and restricted access to new information and contemporary technologies (Howell, 2012). Broadly speaking, it is evident among lower-performance computer, slow wireless connections and restricted access to subscription-based content (Rouse, 2016). Though 21st century is a digital world, it is not practical to assume that everyone are digitally fluent especially in the classrooms; some cannot afford such technologies and internet bills while others are not comfortable utilizing new devices. Students expect their schooling will be rich in digital technologies (Howell 2012), with an anticipation to be digitally fluent when leaving school. Digital expectancy is an attitude that shows a positive engagement and eagerness to fully participate with the digital world (Howell, 2012).
According to Howell (2012), this expectancy is driven by a number of factors having electronic era, eConsumerism and digital communication to be the strongest influence. After learning about digital divide, it led me to understand that digital expectancy will change teaching in better ways. One is that communications will be more electronic e.g. emails, texts, blackboard; students will have instant answer to questions that were not asked in class. Second is that teachers will prepare lessons electronically, not only are they teaching through contemporary technologies but they are also learning new ICT and tools. Another benefit is that informations are increasingly accessible online/digital, no more heavy books, notebooks and pens to school. Lastly, classrooms will be less teacher-centered (Howell, 2012); the new approach to learning involves students and teachers working together.
Overcoming digital divide in classroom means aiding student’s digital learning and preparing them to collaborative 21st century workplace (Harvery, 2014). As a teacher, it is important to develop students’ contemporary knowledge building strategies, directing to greater innovation in learning. Therefore, it is crucial for us to enhance our capability to deliver new ways of teaching.
Bridging Digital Divide
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Harvey, Brison. (2014, July 2). Bridging the Digital Divide in Classrooms. Retrieved from: http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/07/02/ctq-harvey-digital.html
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT:, Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Victoria, Australia. Oxford University Press
Rouse, M. (2016). What is digital divide? – Definition from WhatIs.com. Retrieved from http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/digital-divide