Digital Divide/Digital Inequality

Featured imageThis week in Edtech 501 Module 3, I explored issues of Digital Divide and Digital Inequality at my workplace by conducting research and interviews with faculty and administration. I was given the assignment to use Haiku Deck to create a slideshow of my findings. What I learned about multimedia principles in creating this slide presentation is that planning is key. You should have a script that follows good storytelling convention, and you should focus more on simple design basics, rather than dressing it up with effects to avoid clutter. I’ve also learned that people learn better from words and pictures than from words alone and that presentations should use both visual and verbal forms of presentation. You can find my presentation here.

What I’ve learned about the digital divide and digital inequality that was new to me is that it’s not only the gap between the access to technology but also the use of technology. I’ve learned that there are several societal factors that play a role in the digital divide and digital inequality like age, gender, income, family structure, education, literacy, ethnicity, and motivation.

In moving forward, I plan to use this knowledge to come up with more ideas and solutions that will help increase access to technology and work towards building a technology environment. Given more time, I would improve this artifact by collecting and inputting more data from the interviews I conducted.

In conclusion Digital Divide and Digital Inequality are serious issues, and before we can close the gap, we have to figure out and understand who is caught in it and why? As long as we understand what the divide is and how it’s evolving we can position ourselves to better address the underlying causes.

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4 Responses to Digital Divide/Digital Inequality

  1. Jerry, I like how you mention that the digital divide does not just includes access to technology but the use of technology. I know that I too viewed the divide originally as access and not as use. I also believed that if people had the opportunity to access that they were considered having access even though they are unable to use it. I also looked at your presentation. It was very well done.

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  2. Hi Jerry,
    I loved the images you used in your Haiku Deck, they really helped support your topics of conversation. Your definition of digital inequality was spot on and the wording was so clear and concise “vary in how gainfully they employ the technology in their daily lives” in particular I think the words gainfully and employ, won it over for me! 🙂 My only suggestion is having less text on the last two slides maybe only “ACET Code of Ethics or Commitment to the Individual/Society” and “Address the Underlying Causes”. The text wasn’t distracting by any means, I just thought that it might help to be consistent, since your other slides had less text. Overall, I really enjoyed your presentation and the solutions to the problems you encountered were clear and could easily be applied.

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