Digital Divide PP - – Expands to Consider Social Context...

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Making Connections Engineering 367
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Reconceptualizing the Digital Divide What is a Digital Divide? Where does “technological determinism” (Pool) collide with “social construction” in Warschauer’s vignettes? More than 80% of people in the world have never ever heard a dial tone, surfed the Web, let alone received computer training. http:// www.familycare.org/whatwedo/comput
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Information & Computer Technology What are some problems with the notion of a Digital Divide? Focuses on TECHNOLOGY instead of people/culture Binary divide/ haves & have nots Stereotypes of minorities as have nots Implied chain of causality Poor roadmap for social development
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Technology for Social Inclusion NOTIONS OF ACCESS Device Model Focuses on Technology Conduit Model Focuses on Connection Literacy Model
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Unformatted text preview: – Expands to Consider Social Context and Multiple-Literacy Practices Literacy and ICT Access EXAMINING ACCESS • There is not one type of ICT access, but many • The meaning and value of access varies • Access exists in gradations • Computer and internet bring NO automatic benefit outside of function ICT • ICT use is a social practice • Access to physical artifacts, content, skills and social support is essential • Acquisition of ICT access is a matter of both education and power ACCESS to ICT • Physical Resources • Digital Resources • Human Resources • Social Resources Connections • What connections do you see between Warschauer’s suggestion that we make strides to overcome the ICT Literacy Divide and other articles we’ve read this quarter?...
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