Can mobile learning bridge the digital divide and learning gap?The digital divide in language and literacy education.Written by Tate, T., & Warschauer, M
The world Education blog highlights the concept of a ‘Digital Divide’ and how that impacts on education as a hole. If were talking about digital participation, how is it fair on those innocent children who cant participate due to families can’t afford the internet or a device of some description? Due to this issue that is occurring more and more, it has made me think about some things that I would do differently when I become a teacher. I think it is important that technology is used in classrooms however, I would make the majority of the work done on pen and paper so those who aren’t so fortunate and for those who don’t have a device or don’t have the skills to work a device don’t feel left out and can still thrive in their education.
A constraint to this idea around mobile phones bridging the digital divide gap in my opinion is as stated in this blog, some parents just can’t afford to supply their children with smartphones for their education. Some parents struggle to find enough money to put food in the pantry’s or gas in their car, let alone forking out hundreds of dollars for a phone. The only real solution to this is having funding options readily available for those families who struggle, so that everyone has the ability to experience this new technological side of learning. “Schools have worked hard to negotiate deals, and affordable payment plans for families, knowing the extra pressure BYOD policies can put on hard-pressed families” (Stock, 2019).
An affordance to this idea is that children have the ability to take their learning with them wherever they go. Children have the ability to look into other children’s learning, while they think of their own and have the power to make critical analysis on their learning and others, to further enhance their chance for success. “With internet access, children can be exposed to a world of creative ideas outside of their bubble. They can learn other languages, teach themselves how to draw, knit, or play chess. They have access to an endless array of options available to help them learn, and gain skills they might not otherwise be exposed to. All of this can be accomplished through a smartphone, which can be a valuable learning tool, if used correctly” (Team, 2012).
Stock, R. (2019, January 11). Strategies for parents facing ‘BYOD’ school device spend-up . Stuff.co.nz, p. 1.
Tate, T., & Warschauer, M. (2017). The digital divide in language and literacy education. In S. L. Thorne & S. May (Eds.), Language, Education and Technology (pp. 45–56). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/10.1007/978-3-319-02237-6_5
Team, T. R. (2012, November 7). Debating the use of Digital Devices in the Classroom. Retrieved from education.cu-portland.edu: https://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/classroom-resources/pros-and-cons-of-allowing-digital-devices-in-the-classroom/