narrowing the digital divide gap

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Diana Jayne Gonzales IS201 - Computer Ethics First Semester, AY 2010-2011 University of the Philippines Open University

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Narrowing the Digital Divide Gap : 

Narrowing the Digital Divide Gap

Slide 3: 

As I was thinking of what I should put into this digital divide advocacy video, I realized some people are just not into computers for learning. True, they use internet for updating themselves with their friends, their favorite telenovelas and artistas, but nothing much on learning and reading educational materials online. Maybe read about good articles on learning? No, I don’t expect these people to read about those things.

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Call me a snob, but really, I would never expect it here.

So what really is Digital Divide? : 

So what really is Digital Divide? Is it really a gap between those in developed countries versus developing countries, such as the Philippines?

According to Wikipedia, : 

According to Wikipedia, digital divide is the division between those who “can afford” to have technology as part of their lives versus those who “can’t afford”.

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It’s not so much as the gap between PEOPLE in the developing world versus developed world. Sometimes, people can choose NOT to access the internet, or access the internet, but NOT learn from it, even if they have the resources to do so.

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Digital divide in the Philippines is more of an issue of giving basic computer literacy classes and internet access in all parts of the country – even at its poorest areas – with no electricity.

So what about those places in the Philippines, : 

So what about those places in the Philippines, where there is no electricity such as a mobile learning on top of the mountains for Aetas?

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I believe a good laptop for that is – an AA battery-powered laptop. such as The Gecko Edubook

Just buy many packs of AA batteries : 

Just buy many packs of AA batteries while on top of the mountain, and you’re good to go. It’s Linux powered, doesn’t easily get hot, and best part of all? It only costs $199.

I believe teachers will benefit most from this basic literacy program. : 

I believe teachers will benefit most from this basic literacy program. Instead of manually computing grades, they can use spreadsheet programs to do so. Instead of Manila paper, they can use presentation slides to discuss their lessons in class. Instead of using paper in giving a quiz, they can use spreadsheets to facilitate faster checking, and computing for grades.

Not only a time-saver, : 

Not only a time-saver, it gives them new skills and more confidence as a teacher and as a human being. This will even prove even more useful in places that have huge teacher to student ratio, say 1 teacher for 100 students. Que horror if you check the papers one by one!

Students given a quiz using spreadsheet : 

Students given a quiz using spreadsheet What’s great about the students using the computer to take exams is that we’re hitting two birds in one stone – learning the subject being taught and also they get to reinforce their basic computer literacy.

Also, internet connection is getting cheaper and cheaper. : 

Also, internet connection is getting cheaper and cheaper. With SmartBro and Globe Tattoo popping up for the last few years, I believe mobile internet is possible – but that doesn’t mean internet is fast – perhaps slower than dial up. But if it’s for basic research only, it wouldn’t hurt much for now.

So how do we do this? : 

So how do we do this? Public Sectors + Private Sectors + Outstanding Logistics and Planning

Some Initiatives : 

Some Initiatives Computerization Program PCs for Public High Schools Project Adopt-A-School Program DOST Computer Literacy Program and Other Initiatives Eskwela ng Bayan (School for the Masses) Information Technology (IT) Centers PC4Peace Asia Source Alumni + YOU!

References : 

References Digital divide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_divide The Gecko Edubook http://www.norhtec.com/products/gecko/index.html NARROWING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE —THE PHILIPPINE EXPERIENCE IN ICT EDUCATION AND TEACHER TRAINING http://gauge.u-gakugei.ac.jp/apeid/apeid02/papers/Philippin.htm

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