The term ‘Digital Divide” is defined as “the gap between what can be afforded or cannot be afforded regarding ICT’s and digital technologies”. (Howell, 2012, p 241) Schools are increasingly made to bridge the gap between what parents can afford and what they want their children to experience though out their education. (Howell, 2012)
The rapid expansion of the internet has been transforming Australian education over the last 10 years; depending on weather you are from a advantaged or disadvantaged family and if you live in the city or in rural communities determines whether the digital divide has a positive or negative effect “as internet usage started expanding its uneven distribution caused initially digital divide.” (Dalziel, 2013, p127)
Children today have been born into an imbalanced digital world; not everyone would have to same opportunities in the education as all employers are digital expectant “whether their employees are students doing part-time job during secondary schooling or people leaving the education system for the work world, employers expect them to be able to use digital technologies. (Howell, 2012, p55) As a teacher it’s important to bridge the digital divide gap to give students the best possible outcome when they graduate secondary school.
Dalziel, B. (2013) Digital Divide Research in Australia: A Critical Review http://eprints.usq.edu.au/25036/6/Salahuddin_Alam_ANZRSAI_2013_PV.pdf
elearningfoundation (2008, September 24) Can Miles tackle the Digital Divide? [Video file] retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BARWmnj7Aw&list=PLjjKFdqpFnAxQU2oMSTwIGA_FQdE6sVaj&index=1