The Digital Divide at San Leandro High School
The above image is a link to a presentation I created in my EdTech 501 class on The Digital Divide. I have thought for some time now that the idea that students are advanced with technology is a popular myth. Yes, students can use cell phones, can text, can like posts, and can watch videos. But when you ask them to do something simple like spell check a document, many are lost.
The failure is in our schools. The digital divide is no more. The major threat is digital inequality. If our students are not savvy with computers, programming, web design, multimedia, and online learning then they are the new digital impoverished.
Technology is moving so fast, that the digital inequality gap, once started, will continue to grow. It is no longer the haves against the have nots, it is now the cans against the can nots.
My thoughts on this were backed up and clarified by researching the digital divide and digital inequality. I knew about the digital divide, but I didn’t know there was a term for what I have been seeing in my students.
I have always recognized the need to sometimes go off the curriculum to teach a subject that was important. Twenty years ago, I was teaching html and VRML to my science students. I knew it was the right thing to do, but I always kept it a secret. Now that I know about this very real issue, I am going to infuse more cutting edge technology use into my curriculum and do it with pride and openness. Others should see what is possible. And it’s no longer a matter of moving away from the curriculum. The curriculum can be followed with the use of technology. Projects can be created by students utilizing technology.
If I could spend more time with this presentation, I would include sound and video. I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t include these using Haiku Deck.