Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 | laptops
All data used by a computer is represented as either a “1″ or a “0″ (positive or non-positive states). The term “digital” describes electronic technology that generates, stores, and processes data in terms of these two states.
There is a huge gap between those sections of the population that have access to digital resources, such as computers, the internet, and other technologies, and those sections of the population that do not. This gap is known as the “digital divide“.
The digital divide includes the imbalance in physical access to digital and information technology but it also includes the imbalance in connectivity, and the skills needed to participate effectively as a digital citizen.
The digital divide is often linked to other divides, such as the gender gap, racial inequalities, urban-rural divide, the gulf between rich and the poor, and developed versus developing world.
In Africa the digital divide is quite severe, and it often goes hand in hand with the other divides along gender, racial, location and poverty lines.
Teachers can play a critical role in crossing this digital divide. Acquiring a laptop is the first important step to remove the divide between teachers who have access to the technology and those who do not. Learning to use it will remove the divide between those with the capabilities to use technology and those who do not have those capabilities.
Once a teacher crosses the digital divide, they will be able to lead learners over the bridge.
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