The integration of technology in the classroom has often been hindered by a figurative gap known as the Digital Divide. The divide separates those who have the access to available technology and those who do not. The lack of access to 21st century technology in the school system typically lies in urban areas where resources are less accessible, due to lack of funding or average household income being significantly lower than that of the median. Cultivating a “bridge” is the first step to resolving this epidemic we face. As parents, educators, and students the responsibility for laying the foundation necessary for bridging the gap lies in our hands. Technology in the classroom is not a new concept. There have been arguments in the last few decades of whether or not it is a necessary tool for education. Many arguments state that technology is the downfall of our children’s youth. However, technology has proven itself time and time again for the bettering of society. Take the story of Freddie, a 21 year old with spinal bifida with no arms or legs, with the use of talking computers he is able to communicate efficiently and lead an almost normal life. Technology has powers beyond social media and gaming, it is a portal to a new take on learning. Students require stimulating learning environments in order to absorb the information. With the use of technology students are able to learn in an environment that is applicable inside the classroom and out. Technology based learning has already been adapted in many schools locally. For example, several schools in the Henry County Public School System have adapted the “BYOT” (Bring Your Own Technology) policy (http://schoolwires.henry.k12.ga.us/Page/40926). Allowing students to bring personal devices to assist in technology based learning. The policy provides a connection between the classroom and home through use of personal electronic devices. The access to technology varies from school to school within the district. Technologies in the classroom beyond computers are being introduced slowly but steadily. The school system has provided a long list of interactive workshops for teachers to gain the knowledge and skill to increase productivity of the technology used in the classroom. The resources discussed in the workshops include: Flip Camera (video recording), Promethean Board (An interactive whiteboard), Infinite Campus ( a connection between schools, parents, and the community for accessibility) (http://schoolwires.henry.k12.ga.us/cms/lib08/GA01000549/Centricity/Domain/60/Training%20Menu%20Catalog.pdf ). Each school in the district has the access to at least one Promethean Board, wireless laptops for student use, and IPads to provide an alternative to usage of paper in the classroom including textbooks. The bridge between the haves and have nots is slowly becoming a reality as the possibilities for the technology in the classroom become unveiled. How can technology be brought in the classroom when lack of funding is often obsolete? That is a question many educators face when beginning the transition between traditional instructing to one of current technology friendliness. “There are 26 federal grant making agencies and more than 900 federal programs accessible through Grants.gov”. (http://technology-grants.com/page/k-12-education). Grants allow for additional financial assistance in addition to what is allotted yearly through budget. Although Grants are not guaranteed they provide an opportunity. Many schools have taken advantage of the grants that are available as a way to inclement technology into their classrooms. Box tops for education® is another successful program utilized by local schools. Box tops from participating products are collected and submitted via a coordinator for that particular school. Box tops collected are worth ten cents apiece and are used towards purchase of needed materials. This is an outside program based solely on participation of the…
INF 103: Introduction to Computer Literacy
Professor Tara Clark
May 21, 2012
The Digital Divide
The digital divide is most commonly defined as the gap between those individuals and communities that have, and do not have, access to the information technologies that are transforming all of our lives. There are many different groups of people in the world whom either has or doesn’t have access to the internet…
The Digital Divide
INF 103: Computer Literacy
Prof. Melody White
January 26th, 2015
The Digital Divide
Just like Sir Isaac Newton’s law, “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction,” I feel that it is safe to say that most everything has drawbacks and advantages. Almost all of us have experienced the conveniences and advantages that have come from the fast-paced progression in information technology. However, not everyone has shared in these experiences. This…
YI LUO (Lori)
Feb 19th, 2014
Digital marketing plan for midterm project
I am an easy-going extrovert girl who always likes to smile. I treasure everyday in my life and love to deliver optimism and share happiness with other people. I am also very socialized that I have a lot of friends from different countries. Carrying my curiosity, I have experienced different lifestyle and networked with people from various backgrounds. Since I am living in New…
expand business and companies in usage, customer base and growth. Having access to the internet and other technology has helped us become more efficient and mobile but at the same time loss in interpersonal communication.
Which leads into the digital divide. About half a decade ago, we would have been talking about those with and those without technology. In today’s society that has not changed. It is simply separated by the poor, elderly and handicap to the wealthy and young Americans living in…
a decade, people have no idea where the term originates, nor is there a consistent definition for the digital divide. It is taken as the distinction between people who have rich information and those who don’t. It is believed that it is mainly caused by a divide of access and skills, and there are some factors can affect it.
2. The 1st and 2nd Digital Divide
Digital divide means that the gap exist that various developed and developing countries among those who are prepare to…
provide newspaper articles, graphs, and books. This information cannot be altered in any way so they are great sources to use.
You were wondering what the digital divide is? Well the digital divide is when communities or individuals do not have access to technology that is improving our lives. One thing that would be considered in the digital divide is the internet. If individuals do not have access to the internet then they are not able to access information as easily. The internet helps many people…
what the digital divide is; in your answer discuss the advantages and disadvantages of improving the digital divide.
1. Concept of digital divide:
Since mid-1990s in the developed countries, the growth internet use has raise a new technology for information sharing and communication, and it is called Information and Communication Technology. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) lies as the media of most of activities around the neighbourhood and community. The use of ICT in digital TV, mobile…
Digital electronics, or digital (electronic) circuits, represent signals by discrete bands of analog levels, rather than by a continuous range. All levels within a band represent the same signal state. Relatively small changes to the analog signal levels due to manufacturing tolerance, signal attenuation or parasitic noise do not leave the discrete envelope, and as a result are ignored by signal state sensing circuitry.
In most cases the number of these states is two, and they are represented by…
way we do things and on many aspects of our society.
Digital divide between the technologically literate, elite people and the wide fraction, which cannot access such information, is one of the most significant problems faced.
Those without money, literacy, electrical power, proper training, and phone/broadband infrastructure have been excluded from the resources of the internet.
One thing that comes to mind in reference to digital divide was seeking employment at the age of seventeen. After…
What will digital life look like in 2025? Highlights from our reports
BY LEE RAINIE AND JANNA ANDERSON4 COMMENTS
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the creation of the internet, making it a good time to look at how the internet had changed lives and what opportunities, challenges and dangers the coming years might bring. To do that, the Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center posed a battery of questions to nearly 3,000 internet experts and scholars, centering…