WEEK 4 – PARTICIPATION AND THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

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The Digital World:

Students of today have been born into a digital world, but not all students have access to the same technologies.  The digital divide; the gap between those who have access to the internet/ technology and those who do not, needs to bridged and students need to be provided with the experiences necessary to become fluent members in the digital world they are living in.

Technology is constantly involving and the more the world revolves around technology the stronger the digital expectancy is going to become. Digital expectancy is an attitude, and it is not necessarily negative.  It is evidence of a positive engagement with the digital world and an eagerness to become a fully participating member of the knowledge-based society (Howell, 2012, p.59).

Schools have been expected to provide students with the latest technology to experience and be fluent in.  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 (Howell, 2013, p.55)

References:

Howell, J. (2013).Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

Digital divide [Image]. Retrieved from. http://www.wordle.net/gallery

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My Reflection on Info-graphic 

I produced the ‘Info-graphic’ on Digital Divide using the program ‘Pikochart’.  I found this program relatively user friendly and I really enjoyed this task.  I enjoyed the many options that were available to create and design a Info-graphic.  I utilised my experience using Pikochart by exploring many of the tools available and including a wide range of features in my Info-graphic.

I reviewed a number of other students Info-graphics, finding a wide variety of layouts. My Info-graphics were heavy on information and others were very simple but still expressed the point of digital divide.  I found most students included very similar information, beginning their Info-graphics defining ‘Digital Divide’.  A number of Info-graphics I reviewed touched on digital expectancy and explained the drivers behind the use of technology in teaching and learning.  

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