digital divide

Digital Divide/Digital Inequality

For the past two weeks, I have been researching the topics of digital divide and digital inequality.  I’ve done a lot of reading, and ultimately, I decided to focus on Montana’s current digital woes.  You can view my haikudesk presentation here:

After reflecting on my presentation, I found out that I learned a lot about the digital divide.  I had never considered technology access around the world, and I was saddened to find out just how large of a gap there is among the world’s countries.  In reference to digital inequality, I learned that opinions regarding whether digital inequality was even a concept were strongly varied based upon the interviewees age.  I had assumed all teachers viewed technology as the way of the future, but I was incorrect.

I also learned some multimedia principles that I hadn’t considered before, even if they were unintentional.  I’m so used to creating presentations and adding my voice in some way, but haikudeck doesn’t appear to allow the speaker to add their voice along with the presentation.  I never considered doing a presentation as a “read-only”, essentially, but I could see the impact it would have, especially if I were to post a haikudeck on Moodle for students to refer to later.  I do like that people can view the haikudeck without additional software, so this is a benefit to my students that do not have the ability to download the Office suite, or Open Office.

With all of the knowledge I have now gained about the digital divide and digital inequalities of the world, I’m going to consider this each time I present new technological tools to my students.  I had taken for granted just how many of my students may not have internet access, and I have also taken for granted how many of my students come from homes where technology is not a priority.  I have to allow adequate class time for all of my students if I expect them to use technology, and I need to assume that they do not have access to the same tools at home.

If I had more time, I would change this artifact by creating a references page.  I knew we were going for minimal text on screen, and I felt a references page would detract from the minimal text.  I think I would simply place the references altogether in the speaker notes, but instead I simply placed the links (if online), or the citation directly in the speaker notes.  I’m concerned that the layout may not be as user-friendly as I intended it to be.

I enjoyed researching digital divide and digital inequality even if it did alarm me.