Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hex 5-1: Digital Access


Consider the following questions:

1.  Why is access to technology important?  What are some things you must have technology for in today's world?

2.  What are some ways that access to technology can be limited? 


http://blog.jobsfirstnyc.org/2011/09/bridging-digital-divide-in-new-york.html

 Consider: 
-physical limitations
-financial/economic limitations
-geographic limitations (national and international)
-filters
-censorship 
-technology limitations (mobile phones vs. computers)


Video:  Internet Censorship


"Participation gap" is defined as "the unequal access to the opportunities, experiences, skills, and knowledge that will prepare youths for full participation in the world of tomorrow."
(Harlan, Mary Ann.  "Standing on a Corner: The Access Gap in Rural Communities."  Teacher Librarian.  Oct. 2014: 38-42.)

3.  What are some of the opportunities, experiences, skills and knowledge that students without access are missing?  In other words, what are they going to be missing when they graduate and go to college or into the working world?

(Communication, creation, collaboration, discovery, evaluation, innovations, networking/PLN)

Video: Bridging the Digital Divide
(0-2:40)

4.  What can be done about lack of access?  Whose responsibility is it to ensure access?

(Optional) Video:  Five Lessons in Bridging the Digital Divide



http://ologie.com/2013/06/bridging-the-brand-gap/

Activity (if time allows):
With your table group, come up with ideas about bridging the digital divide for the following factors:  physical, financial, geographic, filters, or censorship.  Type several paragraphs on your ideas in the comment section, using the requirements assigned to your group.  

Include:  
-Specific problems with access to technology for your group 
-Specific ideas to bridge the digital divide for your group.  Think about specific things that you and people you know can do, as well as big ideas.  Use your own ideas, but you can do some quick research as well.
-Write a short response on how it felt to use technology with your limitations.  How did it feel?  How did you compare your groups to other groups?  Did it feel fair?


2 comments:

  1. we have the physical limitations. to help with this issue is to make a computer that has wires to hook up to your brain and then it types down your thoughts. Also you can make a computer that you speak into and it will type what you say.
    Braden G. Danielle and Jill

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  2. The problem with filters is that you can't get certain information or look up certain things. To fix this problem, we just need to say what we want to find appropriately. Compared to the other groups, we feel free since we don't have any limitations and we feel that it's not fair that we can do something they can't.

    Emily, Kiley, and Zane

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