As we witness and experience digital technology evolving right in front of our eyes, it is easy to forget those who are disconnected and left behind by the digital divide.
As technology has evolved, it has become an essential part of living in this world. But not everyone has had this opportunity and a digital divide has been created amongst society.
The digital divide is defined by the disparity of access, knowledge and education of digital technologies.
Parents, employers and the wider community expect the education system to produce technologically fluent students and that schools bridge the digital divide between what the parents can afford and what they would like their children to experience or be fluent in (Howell, 2012).
Therefore, as a teacher, it is imperative that digital technologies are incorporated into lessons and learning activities to ensure expectations are met and all students regardless of background achieve a high quality, digitally rich education so they are well prepared for the digital world.
Howell, J. (2012) Teaching with ICT – Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.