{Participation and the Digital Divide ~ mind the gap}

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This weeks’ topic examined the digital divide; unfortunately not everyone has the opportunity to participate in a digital world. Howell (2012) recognises the digital divide exists not only between countries but also within countries. For example, household Internet access is 74% in the Australian Capital Territory whereas Tasmania has only 49%. As a result, there is an increasing digital expectancy from stakeholders for the education system to bridge this gap, and ultimately, enable all students to be digitally fluent for life-long learning (Howell, 2012).

This weeks’ creative task was to create an infograhic that visually represents the digital divide and discuss similarities and differences to others. Infographics are purposeful tools used to connect education and technology, and allow for simplified visual learning (edudemic, 2013). Initially, the most difficult element of the task was deciding on theme options with Piktochart. Subsequently, it became apparent for everyone that the task was more than experimental fun. Once the research was done, creating a combination of reflective text, graphics and media made for visually pleasing, quick to read and easy to understand summaries of the learning content. As a teacher, skills in these technologies are essential as a basis for reflection, discussion and assessment as they highlight key words and ideas and engage students visually.

The Digital Divide - Joanna OsmanPlease see Pinterest link below for more digital divide resources:

References

Howell, J. (2012) Teaching with ICT – Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Picktochart. (2014). Bridging the Digital Divide. retrieved from  https://magic.piktochart.com/editor/piktochart/1587373#