Digital Divide/Digital Inequality

“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.”                                            ~Steve Ballmer

Artifact Introduction

Module 3 of EdTech 501 asked that we explore the digital divide and digital inequality. We were tasked with finding examples of inequalities and possible solutions within our school or community. Our findings were then to be displayed in a presentation format, in this case, Haiku Deck. The digital tool for the presentation was chosen specifically to focus on effective multimedia principles.

Digital Divide & Inequality Presentation

Reflection

First, I would like to touch on the use of Haiku Deck. This tool lends itself so well toward helping the creator exhibit effective multimedia usage. The tool allows limited words and images while also encouraging the author to write up detailed speaker notes. As writer Dustin Wise points out in his presentation tips, to use images to “make an abstract point more concrete”. I have found that it is always important to have a plan for a presentation. The creator can get lost in what they are trying to say if they have not taken the time to map out their plan or storyboard their message.

Prior to this assignment, I thought that I had a good handle on the digital divide and inequality. However, I learned that I was viewing them more interchangeably and static. I now understand that the digital divide is the separation, but the inequality is the inequitable access and experience. It is also a changing landscape and unfortunately as the divide lessens inequality grows. This is not to say that the divide isn’t an issue, but rather that inequality also needs to be addressed. Digital inequality is separate from the divide and potentially devastating to the future of individuals without an equal playing field.

Setting up a Google Scholar Alert will allow me to stay informed on this changing landscape. Throughout this course, I have been pleased to learn about the initiatives and strides my district is making by way of working toward digital equality. I plan to keep learning about my district’s plans for the future in the school and the city itself. With more time, I would have highlighted more about the programs that DC Public School is utilizing to further their Capital Commitment by 2017. I feel that a lot of possible solutions have been put into place for DCPS, and I plan to continue being involved and getting informed.

Resource:

More Multimedia Tips via Dustin Wise

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Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology

I am somewhat ashamed to say I had a flawed view of what ethics, with regards to Educational Technology, might be prior to this assignment. Then again having more to learn is why I have opted to begin the process of getting my MET in the first place. As an educator and one that focuses on technology integration, it is imperative that I can identify the ethical standards and therefore violations of ethics to rectify the situation. The AECT Code of Ethics as a set of standards was not created to catch a person in the act of doing something unethical, but rather encourages the desire in its members to be ethical in their decisions and actions.

The AECT has gone through great lengths to publish scenarios and possible analysis for each standard principle. These scenarios help technologists, including myself, to understand how these rules apply and are dealt with in the real-world. Moving forward, as a professional, it is my responsibility to be well versed in the Code and its implications for the individual, society, and the profession.

In researching a real-life scenario on educational technology ethics within my district, I settled on our newer more restrictive district-wide filter. The subtitle “#cantdojob” comes out of a frustrated Tweet from one teacher in my district; I felt this spoke well of the topic. I tried to stay away from the digital divide topic as much as I could for this, however, the ethical issue I chose could just as easily bleed right into this as well. In doing my research, I also learned it isn’t all as clear as you’d want.  Read more to find out that there is a very public reform advocate within my district itself even with the filtering issue I laid forth.

Check out more about EdTech Professional Ethics and my particular scenario at #cantdojob

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Image Resource:

Bennet, N. (2015, Jan. 20). Retreived from https://twitter.com/nicholasfbennet/status/557577735414218752?lang=en