Having access to technology and everything that goes with it really is a privilege. I’ve never really thought about it before. Going “home” this summer to a rural area made me realize that is not as easy for my family. Finding a service that is available in their area and that has a speed that doesn’t make you want to pull your hair out is a challenge. It is also much more expensive. Digital inequality is not only about access and availability it is also about literacy and the skills needed to be successful in this digital age.
During this assignment I reflected on what those issues are for families that don’t have the means to have technology at home and don’t have the skills needed to be successful with technology. I focused my thoughts on what resources could be provided in the community for families. What can we do as a community to help?
Schools and other members of the community working together to come up with solutions is a start. Looking for funding is also needed. How can we support organizations that are working to shrink digital inequalities? Educating ourselves to the issues is important. It is not always about money. It is also about availability and skill. Providing meetings for families that inform them of their options is something each school can do. Letting parents know about programs like Computers for Kids. Opening up our computer labs after hours is also an option. Working with the local libraries to help communicate their message and what is available through them. Offering “how to” classes for families is also important.
This past school year we had a technology night at school. Families traveled around to different locations to learn about online games, research, and other things they can do to support technology literacy. It was a success and I think we can really expand it this year. Get members of the community to come in and present too. Learning about digital inequalities this week really reinforced for me the importance of this event.
I am thankful that I am in a state that is working hard to provide quality education to all students. We have several programs in place to close this gap. We have leaders that are aware of the situation and finding solutions. Overall, this week’s assignment was interesting and eye-opening. We are making gains, but we have a lot of work ahead of us as educators.
3.1 Media Utilization
Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.
Accessed different resources to learn about digital inequality.
4.1 Project Management
Project management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling instructional design and development projects.
Planned project with other members to complete assignment.
5.1 Problem Analysis
Problem analysis involves determining the nature and parameters of the problem by using information-gathering and decision-making strategies.
Analyzed problems and strategies to rank options for assignment.
5.4 Long-Range Planning
Long-range planning that focuses on the organization as a whole is strategic planning….Long-range is usually defined as a future period of about three to five years or longer. During strategic planning, managers are trying to decide in the present what must be done to ensure organizational success in the future.
Planned ways that my school can help close the gap on digital inequality.