I examined three issues that I found to be applicable to the digital divide in my own computer technology classroom. This assignment helped me to better understand the digital divide as a whole, as well as applying and searching for solutions in my own school district and classroom.
Even though I have taught students how to create a presentation and the “do’s and don’ts,” I learned a lot and really enjoyed the Presentation Zen handout on multimedia principles. It was helpful when making my own presentation to see from a different perspective what is and is not acceptable. In addition, I found I had a lot more to say than the 6 minutes allowed! This is a topic that could be infinitely expanded.
When thinking of the digital divide, I always pictured it to be the gap in the use of technology between developed and developing countries. I never really examined it from my own classroom point of view. This assignment really helped me to realize how real of an issue it is and how relevant it can be everyday teaching. With this knowledge, I plan to be an advocate at my school. Everyone can notice issues, but it is until we start voicing our thoughts and solutions that something can actually be accomplished.
Even though I spent numerous hours on this assignment, if I had more time there are a few things that I would like to do. I would like to further explore my solutions in detail and also discuss my ideas with those that would have say in solving these issues such as technology specialists, administrators, and school board members.