Category Archives: Digital Divide

Raspberry Pi

Created by Eden Upton and co to encourage children to learn programming and seen as the answer to bridging the digital divide – Raspberry Pi appears to be a wonderful invention. Wonderful indeed and cheap; retailing in at £22 the ‘pocket computer’ sold out the same day it launched in late February this year! Something tells me Raspberry Pi will soon become a prominent feature in the classroom. Check out this video where the co-founder talks more in depth about the Raspberry Pi.

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Guardian Article
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Gender and Computers: Understanding the Digital Divide by Joel Cooper

A very useful and quick read – Gender and Computers: Understanding the Digital Divide by Joel Cooper delves further into the issue of the digital divide and why some people are left behind in this ever growing digital world. You can check it out in my Goodreads in the side bar!

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Digital Divide Quick Facts Infographic

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Digital Divide – Student Interviews

Another great video with interesting interviews from students affected by the digital divide in America.

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Barriers to Accessing Internet

As readers may have gathered from reading my posts there is a central theme to this blog – the digital divide and education. I am a strong believer in equality and feel everyone should have a right to an education and to develop to their full potential. However, for children entering education, lack of computing/internet skills/access can potentially have a detrimental effect on their learning experience. Schools are using technology more and more to support learning; be it doing extra research on the internet or using Word to type an essay. Although good old pen and paper and text books are brilliant – one cannot deny that technology skills are a must for this ever growing digital world. Below is a video about the Digital Divide Initiative “an initiative to close the technology gap between low-income and high-income families”. Providing vital statistics on who is affected by the digital divide in America looking at race and income mainly.

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Dr Rey Junco – Social Media and Students Research Podcast

Have a look at college professor and researcher Dr Rey Junco’s blog all about the vast research he has undertaken in social media and college student’s and how Universities can use social media to their advantage. Packed with several interesting articles and infographics, Dr Rey Junco certainly sells the positive argument to social media in education. Listen to the podcast on this page where Dr Rey Junco discusses his latest findings on social media and students. Dr Rey Junco also discusses the digital divide and the need for Universities/College’s to be more supportive of students who may need training in using certain aspects of technology and social media.

The podcast interview also highlights that student’s sharing links and checking up on friends are “information collection and sharing activities” he argues although they may not be the same as academic activity of information collection and sharing when you do a research paper; “there is an overlap in the underlying elements of these behaviours – they are more academic type activities”

Therefore, a general use of social media can without a student realising help with information collection – this in turn may help research techniques needed in schools/universities. It does, however, according to Dr Junco depend on the links they share.

If you are a student and want to incorporate social media with learning why not set up a delicious account a site to “keep, share and discover the best of the web” It is a brilliant site to keep all your bookmarks in order and retrieve easily whilst studying/writing and best of all its free! You can also take a look at my recent delicious bookmarks in the side bar to learn more about how digital platforms can affect education and learning.


Some examples of social media sites.

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Dr Rey Junco – Blog
Delicious
The Little House Company

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Social Media Usage – Students and Education

According to the ebook from iCrossing by Antony Mayfield, social media can be defined as “a group of new kinds of online media” they can all be categorised as involving some or all of the following: participation, openness, conversation, community and connectedness. To sum up effectively – social media is user generated content. The internet is changing how we connect and perceive others and ourselves; it is as the author Andrew Keen says the perfect platform for “human’s narcissism” and social media is the ideal stage to flaunt yourself! The pie chart below (created in 2011) shows how average time was spent on the internet with time spent on social media being 14 minutes in an hour.

More and more young people are engaging in social media in fact research by Social Media Solutions LLC show 57% “of social media profile owners age 18 – 29 maintain a profile on more than one site” and with 96% of students on Facebook, 81% of those students accessing Facebook everyday and 43% on Twitter; integrating this top social media site into education would appear fruitful.

One such book which encourages the collaboration of Facebook and education is Hybrid Learning and Education by Joseph Fong et al. Dedicating a chapter on how educators can set up a Facebook page to encourage and enhance student’s learning; the ebook supports evolving education around technology. For more information on the ebook – look at the Goodreads in the side bar.

It appears many educators have with success embraced the use of Facebook and Twitter – amongst other – social media sites to entice students and improve their learning experience. One such teacher is Delainia Haugh an English teacher from Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis, USA – who incorporates Twitter and IM (instant messaging) in her lessons. The video below features Delainia Haugh and some of her students.

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Andrew Keen Youtube interview
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ISP Review

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