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