Week 4 readings in Howells textbook recapped the reasons behind the necessity of embedding technology in the classroom before defining how and why the ‘digital divide’ needs to be addressed by teachers.
After viewing Liggel’s (2012) video it was surreal to see how unequal digital resources are amongst Australians. Sadly before these readings I was under the assumption that students had an equal opportunity to access digital technology. However, according to Bentley (2014) statistics back then showed only one in five Australians as having access to the internet at home. This is a part of the digital divide; the gap between those that can afford to have access to digital technologies, and those that cannot (Howell, 2012, p. 55).
So what does this mean for a future teacher? Understanding limitations your students may face with having access to the latest technology at home, understanding the ‘digital expectancy’ that exists. As a teacher, you cannot assume that students will have the same access and knowledge to the latest technology (Howell, 2012, p. 56). As a future teacher in the classroom, I will need to learn how I can help to bridge this divide by embedding technology into classrooms. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) identifies the importance of including technology in education for Australian students (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2014).
After reading where Howell (2012) highlights what we can expect in terms of technology in the classroom, I now understand several ways I can help bridge the digital divide. This includes; teachers communicating with parents electronically (via email,enewletters), lesson information provided electronically, the use of interactive whiteboards in the classroom and teachers electronic preparation of lessons. The benefits are endless and to simplify them, Akela Silkman’s (2014) video gave me a greater understanding.
Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority. (2014). Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum: Language, Language for Interaction (ACELA1428). Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/english/Curriculum/F10?y=F&y=7&y=8&y= 9&y=10&s=LA&s=LT&s= LY&layout=1
Bentley, P. (2014). Lack of affordable broadband creating ‘digital divide’ Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-02/bridging-the-digital-divide/5566644
Gould, E. (2015). Digital divide: fact or fiction? (Image). Retrieved from http://www.laneterralever.com/digital-divide-fact-or-fiction/
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Victoria AU: Oxford University Press
Ligge1. (2012, February 23). The digital divide in education . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1YLPL0KOWE
Silkman, A. (2014, March 1). Closing the digital divide: benefits of technology enhanced lesson plans in the K-12 classroom . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af2PhL6WfC0