For the past few weeks I have spent some time reading about the issues of digital divide and digital inequality. Digital divide and digital inequality are two separate factors that impact our society. Digital divide refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology and those that do not or have restricted access. The technology applies to landline telephones, cellular phones and services, television, computers, tablets, and the internet. Digital inequality moves beyond an inequality in access to technology and encompasses inequality among people with access to technology. Digital inequality includes people with lack of technical ability, lack of interest or computer literacy, and those who cannot afford it.
We rely on technology more and more each day. We cannot take for granted that everyone in society has the access to technology and knows the most effective way to use it. Even though a gap still exists between technology users, it is shrinking. The next step is to provide users with the equipment and skills they need to use this technology. Without this, the gap of digital inequality will widen. With the knowledge I have gained from my readings, I will better be able to identify areas of digital inequality in my school and address them according to the AECT Code of Professional Ethics.
After reading about these issues, I used the presentation tool Haiku Deck to explain the issues of digital divide and digital inequality and factors that create digital inequality at the school where I am the technology coordinator. Please click on this link to view my presentation. I have created many presentations in PowerPoint, but by using Haiku Deck, I learned new methods for making them more effective. My takeaway from this project was to keep my slides simple, limit the number of images, use keywords, and break up information into multiple slides. If I had more time to work on this artifact, I would have broken up my issues of digital inequality and my solutions for these problems even further into more slides. In order to elicit a discussion from the audience, I would have asked more questions of the viewer on the solutions slides. Finally, I might have also come up with some catchier titles on my slides and incorporated some of my own images rather than stock photos. I plan on having my junior high students use Haiku Deck for a future project so that they can become accustomed to creating and giving a more effective presentation.