No other technological innovation has had as much impact on behaviours and expectations of the world’s population as the internet. It has changed how students search for information and how students interact with it. Success in life, be it professional, educational or personal, relies upon students abilities to use the internet effectively.
The idea of the “digital divide” refers to the growing gap between the underprivileged members of society, especially the poor, elderly and handicapped part of the population who do not have access to computers or the internet; whilst the wealthy, middle class and young Australians living in urban and suburban areas who have access.
Schools are increasingly asked to bridge the digital divide between what parents can afford and what they would like their children to experience or be fluent in. Today’s students would be best described as having varying levels of digital experience. There is a broad range of differing technologies in homes across Australia and while the overall rate of connectivity in homes is high this is unevenly distributed. Lower socio-economic households do not have the same access to technologies as their middle and upper socio-economic counterparts.
The digital divide grows greater with the ever increasing digital expectancy. Digital expectancy is an attitude which is not necessarily negative. Students are eager to participate in a knowledge based society. It is the product of a number of factors. (Teaching with ICT, 2012, p59)
- Electronic Era
We are increasingly surrounded by electronic devices that previous generations didn’t experience.
- Knowledge based society
Most knowledge and information is electronic.
We shop predominantly electronically
- Digital communication
Majority of our communication is conducted electronically.
All of the above factors have contributed to a digital world in which our students wish to participate in.
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Teaching with ICT. (2012). Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity, J Howell