Digital Divide: Does it Still Exist?

THIS Is the link to my VoiceThread.

THIS is my Google Slide document in my 501 Shared folder on Google Drive.

THIS is my Google document with the script for my speaker notes.

I live in two worlds, one as an educator and another as a parent.  I find myself torn in different directions when it comes to hot-button topics.  While I may feel passionately about something on the whole, I may not agree completely for one of my children.  I also hear parents’ concerns at neighborhood gatherings and am often questioned my opinion on some of these concerns.  I chose this topic as what I felt my become the new “digital divide” since the old definition is fading quickly.  Why does there appear to be a disconnect between the parents and educators/lawmakers?  What are the parents’ genuine concerns?  Do educators and/or lawmakers care about parents’ concerns?  How can we avoid creating a further “divide”?  These are just a few items I addressed when I created a survey on SurveyMonkey.  100 people were surveyed and provided wonderful responses to my questions.

In relation to the assignment and the multimedia principles used, I learned a little more about using Google Slides.  While I am not that impressed with it, I can see how it has it’s place in sharing and viewing with a group.  As a actual presentation tool, there are clearly many more platforms that are just better.  When the slide was exported as a .pdf, it lost all ability to use transitions and other more powerful ways of emphasizing information on the slide.

I suppose I had never really considered the actual term of “digital divide” but as I studied many many many graphics, I was impressed by how small our world is truly becoming.  The “divide” is shrinking and it is amazing.  What the definition of 10 years ago is fading, there certainly are new aspects to consider.  I had never really considered the cost of the infrastructure, the maintenance of devices, or even basic connectivity to keep a school full of wi-fi enabled devices up and running.

I learned  a lot from my survey.  In the future I will likely strive to help parents embrace rather than resist the technology.  It is here to stay.  Either we can fight it, or learn with it.  There are so many wonderful aspects of technology  when kept in moderation.  As a teacher, I hope to be able to keep perspective and balance with both active play, reading real books with real paper, using pencils and paper to draw and only using the devices as necessary.  Because I AM both a parent and an educator, I know that I do have some power of persuasiveness.  I love technology, I am in this program because I believe in it.  I have  used in the classroom as a means for quick assessment purposes and I love that those assessments can help steer me in the right direction for planning, teaching and re-teaching.

I felt like I had plenty of time to accomplish this assignment.  What I did not anticipate was getting sick when it was time to put the VoiceThread together.  I had to record and re-record over and over due to coughing fits and scratchy-throat syndrome.  I am not a person to leave anything to the last minute because I like time to have my instructors evaluate and give me feedback on my work so I can improve my grade if I need to.  This assignment will be a tough one to improve delivery on because I just cannot stop coughing.  Oh well…

502 Update and Reflection

Up until now I haven’t posted anything about my journey in 502.  The class is all HTML and CSS and wow, I am astonished at my progress.  I never would have imagined that I might like or enjoy creating a website from scratch but it isn’t bad, it’s almost kind of fun.  Validating at the end is like jumping into a deep pool and waiting to breathe until you come back to the surface.  By working through each assignment and building on concepts learned from the previous week, my skills and knowledge has greatly improved.

Here is what I have so far: http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/jencrook/502/502.html

Moving forward, my EdTech Homepage will be found HERE.  This website is hosted by the Boise State University’s Edtech2 server and will become “home” to my growing portfolio.