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Digital Inequality Presentation Reflection

June 29, 2011

Here is a link to my Digital Inequalities Presentation converted into a PDF with speaker notes.

Digital Inequality Presentation Carpenter

This is my reflection of the assignment topic and what I learned.

The digital divide is the gap between those who have access and use the internet, and those who do not.  This I knew.  I recall writing a paper on the digital divide in my edtech class at UW, and it was really my first interaction with the topic itself.  The idea of the digital divide has not changed much for me, but I do really like the step forward and the term digital inequalities.  I feel the digital divide was not near specific and personal enough.  During this assignment I had a hard time focusing on other inequalities than income.  To me, money is a large reason why individuals and families are digital inexperienced.  If they cannot afford a computer, let alone internet access, it is much less likely they will become effective, efficient technology users.  Being a teacher in a very transient town, I came across more students who did not know the basics that I even thought possible in 2011.  I was somewhat blind to the fact that some people cannot afford, or do not have an interest in technology.  Through this assignment I enjoyed learning about the divide between countries, genders, ages, and races.  It opened my eyes to the inequalities and the roles they can play in the digital divide.

This assignment corresponds to AECT standards 3.2 Diffusion of Innovations, 3.4 Policies and Regulations, and 4.2 Resource Management

3.2 Diffusion of Innovations- This project aligns with standard 3.2 because it involves the spreading of knowledge  for the purpose of adoption.  The purpose is to inform others about the digital divide and digital inequalities, as well as, develop a plan of action to address these issues.  The presentation is supposed to communicate and inform stakeholders of the possible options to close the divide.

3.4 Policies and Regulations- This is a standard that addresses rules and actions that affect the spread and use of instructional technology.  This project aligns with this standard because it discusses alternatives that will be used to help spread technology to disadvantaged communities.

4.2 Resource Management- Through this project I got to act as a Chief Technology adviser and present alternatives to close the digital divide and address digital inequalities.  This aligns with standard 4.2 in that it discusses resource management–specifically controlling and planning how funds will be allocated.

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