Blog #2 The Digital Divide

The Digital Divide is a term that describes the difference between those who have access to technology and those who do not. The image below is an example of this and measures the differences for the world’s population in their ability to access the digital world. The difference between the haves and have nots.

world digital divide

There are many factors that cause the digital divide and the infographic that I created below summarizes some of them.

Digital Divide Infographic

I used Piktochart to create this infographic and it was an interesting exercise. I first had to work out how to import a template and then learn how to modify it to my satisfaction. This took me quite a while. I would have preferred a better background to the one I have, but I wanted to use the free templates and the changes I wanted to make would have cost me money.

I have looked at some of the other student’s infographics on the group discussion board and am very impressed by the professionalism that some of them display. They all have similar information, and some are very creative.

Bridging the Digital Divide

In order to bridge the digital divide, there are a number of things that need to be done. There are some suggestions with pros and cons in the image below.

Intervention options [Source: Analysys Mason, 2013]
Intervention options [Source: Analysys Mason, 2013]
Bridging the digital divide will be something that we will come across, in the classroom, as teachers. There will be students we teach who do not have access to computers at home. These students will be disadvantaged in their ability to conduct online research. Teachers must ensure that these students are able to access the appropriate technology at school so that they are not disadvantaged.

References

AnalysisMason (2013). Bridging the Digital Divide [image]. Retrieved from:
http://www.analysysmason.com/About-Us/News/Insight/Bridging-digital-divide-Jul2013/

Digital divide across the world [image]. Retrieved from: 
http://wireless.ictp.trieste.it/simulator/

Global Digital Divide image in Infograph [image]. Retrieved from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_divide#mediaviewer/File:Global_Digital_Divide1.png

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