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The Digital Divide - 1st year 21st Century Identity

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Lucy Caton

on 18 February 2015

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Transcript of The Digital Divide - 1st year 21st Century Identity

The Digital Divide
Lesson Objectives
Facts and Figures
E-portfolio Assignment Task
Recognise what the Digital Divide means (globally, nationally and within the UK education system)

Examine how we use technology to support every day living
Discuss the implications for technology not being there.

Discuss how the Digital Divide is present in the UK education system

The Digital Divide - globally
A digital divide is an economic inequality between groups, broadly construed, in terms of access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication technologies -

1. think about how you use technology within your everyday life - i.e online banking.

2. For each piece of technology identified to support your every day life - think about the implications for it not being there?
share your ideas
Lets now focus attention on the developing world - Technological intervention within India slums - (Deli)
73% to 90% of jobs require some kind of computer work

800,000 children do not have access to the internet at home in the UK.

Further reading

The Digital Divide
Issues in Education
There are homes where the technology being explored by youngsters is way in advance of what is available in school....

Here, the digital divide is between the quick-fire innovation of home technology and the sluggishness of what is being used in education to support children.

But.. Equally we must look at the bigger picture.

For those children in poverty or young offenders who have no freely available access to computers and have little interest in education and low expectations, it is not just a case of buying in lots of technology to solve the issue but it is about giving the choice and allowing young people to make decisions to use the technology on offer.

Building up a technological skills base over a longer period of time - a more considered approach.


Watch the Video - note down what Sugatra Mitra explains have been the outcomes of this technological interventions for children in developing countries?


Watch the Essa School Video. How is the use of i-pads for all a positive intervention? think about the possible problems?

Mini Task 4
You are the new head teacher at Essa school – Write a policy for use of personal I-pads. Be Creative you are communicating with children – share your policy online with others using an online sharing platform – the decision is yours how to present this information and share it online? Please update your reflective log.

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