EDTECH 501 – Digital Inequality Assignment

Click Below For My Group’s Digital Inequality Presentation:

Delta Group’s Digital Inequality Presentation

Reflection:

When reflecting on digital inequality and the digital divide, I am constantly reminded of two particular differences that account for the majority of digital literacy problems in the world today.  In probing further, I found that, for the most part, the differences in digital inequality and the digital divide stem from the cultural differences and age-related matters existent in our present society.  In others words, because of age and culture, an individual’s viewpoint on the importance of technology and digital literacy greatly vary.  In fact, because most of the basis of an individual’s knowledge is founded and rooted in their experiences from their past, each individual approaches technology, education, and its importance in their own unique way.  Although, this representation of diversity is generally a good thing when assessing the overall creativity and skill sets of a specific segment of the population, each varying viewpoint can also cause significant barriers in further educating and advancing a particular segment of the population.  Thus, to properly understand the dynamics of the differences in digital inequality and the digital divide, I believe researchers must individually examine each area causing the digital inequality and remedy the problems accordingly.

Finally, although I did not grasp the magnitude of the digital divide previously, I have come to the conclusion that this is an urgent issue that needs to be addressed worldwide.  In short, I have changed my opinion on the relevancy and importance of this particular issue in our world today.  In fact, bridging the digital divide and eliminating digital inequality could hold the answers to the unknown, heal diseases, and even end poverty.  In other words, this is a crucial step in bringing the residents of this planet forward in their education and skill sets.  Ultimately, it holds the answer to a better way of life.

How This Assignment Aligns With The AECT:

In short, I believe one of the educational standards this assignment was an excellent example of was the 4.2 Resource Management standard of the AECT.  Essentially, this assignment utilized a wide variety of resources, support systems, and innovative services in each part of the project.  From the planning and controlling to the monitoring stages of this assignment, resource management was needed and utilized.  For example, Google Docs and PowerPoint was used for the planning aspect of the assignment while Gmail and Google Chat was consistently used as a support system for each member of the group.  Additionally, innovative services like VoiceThread were used to develop and execute the final presentation.  Lastly, at the core of this assignment was the human resources.  In fact, one of the most basic ways this assignment aligned with this particular AECT standard was the use of human resources in determining roles, tasks, and deadlines.  In the end, this assignment accomplished what it set out to do.