Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hex 6-1: 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?

-physical limitations
-financial/economic limitations
-geographic limitations (national and international)
-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

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

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.  

-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?


  1. Filters- Taylor and Jeremy

    Filters take things out that are not needed. This will make the signal faster and stronger. This helps the rural areas in the world become more efficient. Filters can block out certain websites or web searches that do not meet their needs. Filters are used all over the world.

    Over the world, certain filters are used in different areas. Some people don't like filters and find ways to get past these obstacles. Schools have certain things that can not be filtered because they are not needed. Governments can also control filters in different places. Schools might filter games and other websites that are not school appropriate. As you can see, filters are used to protect people all over the globe.

  2. Josh, Lilly, Lauren: Geographic Limitation

    In rural areas, wifi can be hard to come by. Where you live can even effect your education and wealth as well. Without these, getting on technology and properly using it would be difficult. Connecting to the internet while in a mountainous area is difficult, and sometimes impossible.

    One thing that would help this problem is more, better, and free public internet. Computers in public areas would ensure that everyone has a chance to spend time on technology. If schools in rural areas could give out laptops/Chrome Books to students, technology based projects would be higher quality.

    In addition, schools could offer classes, not only for student but adults as well, on how to use technology properly. This would ensure that everyone in the community is able to use technology.

  3. Callie, Henry, Tyler
    - If you have technology but no internet you could go to a library and get online.
    - You could go to a public restaurant and use theirs like McDonalds or Burger King.
    - You could go over to your best friends house and use their internet.
    - If you have neighbors you ask to use their internet.
    - Prepare with paper and pencils.

    Having limitations on what places we can use the internet effected us because we couldn't take the internet where we wanted. Like the people that have chrome books.