Reflections on teaching in a digital world

Posts tagged ‘Digital divide’

Lifelong Learning

“A lifelong learning framework encompasses learning throughout the lifecycle, from early childhood through retirement. It encompasses formal learning (schools, training institutions, universities); non-formal learning (structured on-the job training); and informal learning (skills learned from family members or people in the community). It allows people to access learning opportunities as they need them rather than because they have reached a certain age” (World Bank, 2002, p. xvii).



Participation and the Digital Divide

The digital divide is often considered to be between the first and third world, or between remote and urban communities, such as that shown in the infographic below. However, as a city teacher, it is far more likely that I will be confronted with the impact of the socio-economic urban digital divide. This divide mainly influences students from low socio-economic backgrounds, and those who have parents or carers with minimal education or limited technological literacy: McLaren and Zappala found “education level to be the key driver of Internet access, followed in importance only by income level” (2002, p. vii). Therefore, I will need to be conscious that children within my class may lack home internet access, and therefore may have difficulty completing homework tasks, and a limited ability to participate in any online class social groupings (Sharma, 2014, para 7).