Digital Divide/Digital Inequality

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Artifact Introduction: During our third week in Introduction to Educational Technology class, we were to research the digital divide and digital inequality. Then we needed to identify some of these within our school and reflect on possible solutions to these issues. We demonstrated what we learned in a narrated presentation applying multimedia principles using Haiku Deck.

Reflection of Learning: Upon researching the digital divide and digital inequality, the first thing I learned is the difference and correlation between these two concepts and how interconnected they are. Digital divide is the separation between those who have access to technology and those who don’t while digital inequality goes further to explain the disparity in how people are using the technology they have. Throughout my research, I came to the realization that diminishing the digital divide will increase the inequality therefore both concepts need to be tackled simultaneously. I believe this is vital for educators at the elementary level where students are introduced to technology. At the school where I work, I will be an advocate for technology. I will use technology in my classroom, in ways that help diminish digital inequality by teaching students the true benefits of technology. For example, when having students create presentations I will make them aware of the multimedia principles below, that I learned during this project, so they can also learn to communicate effectively. If I had more time and school was in session, I would develop a questionnaire to assess my student’s understanding of the application and benefits of technology in their society. I would then use the projects (that we currently do) but have them continuously reflect on the purpose and benefit of using technology in their work.

  • The Signaling Principle which describes how individuals learn better when headlines are used.
  • The Segmenting Principle which explains how individuals learn better when receiving small amounts of information.
  • The Modality Principle which describes how an individual’s understanding increases when presentation text is narrated instead of displayed on the screen.
  • The Multimedia Principle which explains how individuals learn better from both text and words than from words alone (ensuring individuals are leveraging dual channels)
  • The Coherence Principle, which describes how individuals have limited cognitive processing, therefore, less is more.
  • The Contiguity Principle which explains how individuals benefit from graphics being close to one another, again, because of limited cognitive processing. (Atkinson & Mayer, 2004)

Giving students a vast tool, such as access to the internet (ridding them of the digital divide) is not enough. We also need to provide proper knowledge of how to use this tool, in an efficient and beneficial way (diminishing digital inequality). I believe it is our ethical responsibility to ensure students become well-prepared adults who have the knowledge of how to use technology around them.

Artifact: Digital Divide-Digital Inequality Haiku Deck

Atkinson, Cliff & Mayer, Richard E. Five Ways to Reduce PowerPoint Overload. (2004) Retrieved from http://www.indezine.com/stuff/atkinsonmaye.pdf

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About jasminequezada

I’m extremely lucky to call Boise Idaho, an outdoor haven of a beautiful little city, the place I call home. I teach 4th grade dual language. This means that I teach native English speakers, Spanish, and native Spanish speakers, English, by using both languages to teach the regular 4th grade curriculum to nine year old’s. I also have an extremely creative and inquisitive seven year old son who keeps me playing, laughing, and on my toes all day long, he is my favorite person. My boyfriend’s name is Victor and he is my partner in discovering the outdoors, which is why living in Boise is perfect for us! While I enjoy being outdoors, I also love technology and all of the doors it has opened to humanity to learn, grow, and evolve. This is why I consider it vital for myself as an educator to delve deeper into this technological world so I can continue to serve as a guide for my students, in their discovery of the world.

One response »

  1. HI Jasmine,
    You are a great storyteller! I loved reading your blog post and your Haiku deck was so well done. I especially liked how you connected the two terms and condensed a lot of information into a user-friendly way.

    Like

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