Friday, April 21, 2017

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)


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

Video: Net Neutrality

(Net neutrality vote by the FCC 12/13/17)

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 short paragraphs on your ideas in the comment section, using the limitations assigned to your group.  

Try to 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?


  1. BL JT

    1. Some problems with geographic censorship is that you can't access the internet from every place such as mountains, desert, or country side
    2. One spot in the middle of the town with public wifi and easy access.
    3. It felt pretty easy because we had access to desktops and we could both use one. Our's is probably easier than other groups because we both had a computer.

  2. Censorship sometimes censors things that aren't bad but appropriate. They also sometimes don't censor things that are bad/inappropriate for the person who is searching. By being able to look at things that are blocked you should talk or peacfully protest against that thing that is blocking it.Another thing is talking to the person blocking it and ask why. We feel it wasn't very different but it was different and was kinda hard.

  3. Asher

    Some problems with physical censorship is being blind or being paralyzed. Someone who is blind can have the technology speak to it and someone who is paralyzed could have someone help them with it. It was easy for me to type this because I already had it bookmarked on my chromebook.

  4. Some problems with filters are that sometimes we need to get to some pages and we can't because they are blocked. We could go to the source and ask them to block or unblock something with reasons. Addy Sam Hailey

  5. Geographic make a house that has the limits you need to live in your enviroment. Matt