“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
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.
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.