Even in the richest countries such as the United States, there's a digital divide where not everyone has easy access to the Internet.
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"the real divide is the "digital use divide"
"Michael Gove may not be a fan but can mobile phones and other devices transform classroom experiences?"
"Part of the problem stems from the fact that all of us own a mobile phone and all of us went to school. Unfortunately, doing or using something often does not qualify one as an expert. I travel on trains and aeroplanes reasonably often, but I have no idea how to successfully pilot one from A to B. Similarly, teaching looks like a straightforward job when done well but depends upon layers of pedagogy and practice which can remain hidden to parents, children and the general public."
The inclusion of social media data in the algorithms that search engines now use to help people find relevant information online could create a “new digital divide,” educator and consultant Angela Maiers believes—“those with a powerful network and...
Now that we’ve reached the second decade of the new millennium, how is digital access changing, and what are the implications for schools?
Some key points:
" Today's divide is more nuanced than it was in the mid-90s. Technology is more widespread and prevalent and there have been massive jumps in technological innovation, all of which has created higher expectations for technology at home, at school, and at the workplace."
* 91% of Americans use cell phones- 90% internet-ready phones
* problem is many still only have mobile cell access
* some schools still blocking cell phone use
* "Blake-Plock suggests, prohibiting phones now means "disconnecting the kid from what's actually happening in most of our lives."
* "Digital Inclusion: In some circles, the term digital divide is itself defunct. Instead, using digital inclusion is not only a way to reframe the discourse in a more positive light but also reflective of what access, adoption, and literacy in the digital world really mean today."
See article for 3 points on how to level playing field
"Historically torn by racial and ethnic differences, Americans were supposed to benefit from the democratizing power of Internet technology. The Internet has been touted as the cure-all for every social ill imaginable, a new millennium development with the potential to broaden access to education, voting, and medical care—and in doing so, create a new avenue toward democracy. On the whole, that has not been the case. The utopian visionaries who watched too many Star Trek episodes in their youth forgot one important thing: In our world, profit often takes precedence over democratic dreams." Jill Rooney
Whether we like it or not, we live in a very unequal and stratified world. We live in societies in which inequality is ignored in education, science, and in the social media....we must focus on Internet skills, literacies and social media usage."
"We have a situation where connectivity and access are not a major problem, but the challenges are different."
"Access to information is the key to an individual’s position in society, though access is not everything; it is only the starting point in many countries and societies as the power structures of society and academia remain."
"By creating, developing and fostering knowledge societies in order to decrease the existing divides, governments world wide must create more efficient strategies and programs to overcome such inequalities and not just provide techno-infrastructure." Danica Radovanovic