Digital Divide/Digital Inequality

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.

Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology

This past week I spent time reading and reflecting on professional ethics in educational technology including the history behind their creation, the reasoning for them, and how they should be used by educational technologists.  I learned that a code of professional ethics in educational technology was approved by the AECT in November of 2001. Before my EDTECH 501 class, I had not even heard of the AECT and did not even know that a code of professional ethics for educational technology even existed.  This code of professional ethics provides me with a set of guidelines to refer to as I work with my students, my fellow educators, and our school families.  The one thing that I found to be extremely important from my reading is that not only does the AECT provide a code of ethics, but they also emphasize the importance of scenarios related to each principle.  These scenarios provide real-world examples that help an educational technologist to make better informed decisions and avoid unethical situations.  I like that the AECT has gone a step further than just providing a list of principles.  This code of professional ethics helps make educational technology a more visible entity in the field of education.  You can read more of my reflection and my own real-world scenario by clicking on the this link.

Welcome!

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Welcome to my Learning Log.  As I travel on my journey through the EDTECH program at Boise State, I will be adding examples of my work from each course. Along the way, I will also include reflections of what I have learned, my accomplishments and struggles, and how this journey has impacted my role as an educator.

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