Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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?

Video: Net Neutrality

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 limitations 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. EM, JF, and NB

    There are many barriers that prevent people from technology. One of these limitations is the loss of a limb or other such injuries. Another physical limitation is if you were to have a mental disability or other things like that. These limitations (as the word implies) make things very hard to work with.
    Our group didn't have to deal with any limitations while we "worked". instead, we had to listen and observe others dealing with their limitations. In all honesty, they didn't seem to have a lot of problems but if this were a real case, there would be a lot of trouble. The people that couldn't even use a computer had to make things up and use their hardcore assumption skills to write this.

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  3. Many people in the world do not have the many technology privileges we do. There are many different barriers that make this true. One of these barriers are financial limitations. Technology is sometimes hard for people to purchase and have access to. Over 80% of people in North America are in financial debt. This statistic shows how serious this problem is.
    Ways that we could help people with financial limitations barriers would be simply let them barrow our devices. An example of doing this would be let your friend that does not own a computer and has online homework use yours for a few hours. Something as small as this would change a lot.
    During this activity we were limited to one computer in our group. This was not a horrible technology barrier but it did make it hard for the group to work together. Other groups had to use there smart phones or the desktops making our situation one of the more better ones.
    ST,EW,and LD

  4. KB,ZP, and HB
    Some positives of filters are you can't get on websites that you are not supposed to and that are inappropriate. Some negatives are that you can't get on the websites you need. If you need to type something for school and you need a website you can't use it.

  5. Alyssa, Malorie, Marista
    Financial limitations make it difficult for many to use technology. Many people cannot afford computers, phones, wifi, or other sources of technology. If people can't buy a computer they will have difficulties typing a paper or doing other online tasks. They will have to try to find other ways to type their paper or do whatever they are trying to do. Some of these ways are using a phone, tablet, borrowing a laptop or computer, or using one at a library. It can be difficult for people to find a computer if they don’t own one and phones and tablets are harder to use than computers when it comes to typing. Also, if you need to print something, it is hard to do off a phone or tablet. People with financial limitations are at a big disadvantage.

  6. Tanner, Gabe s, Loki

    physical is when you can't use technology because your body is not in the correct conditions for it. For example, when you have no arms and aren't able to use technology or are paralyzed. One person that is paralyzed but is still able to use technology is Steven Hawking. He is able to use it because it was designed speciffically for him.

  7. Censorship is the practice of officially examining books, movies etc., and deleting unacceptable parts. The limitations of censorship is that you have to use books and movies etc. In Webster's dictionary “sensor” means to suppress or delete anything objectionable. Things that would be unacceptable are things that are inappropriate, politically incorrect or anything else that is objectionable.
    A sensor is typically someone who works to go over books, movies and other forms of literature and take out anything unsuitable. Censorship can be accomplished by everyone. Sometimes the government does it but it can also be small groups of people or even individuals like ourselves.
    Makenna, Ellie, and Allison