Blog #2:Participation and the Digital Divide

Screenshot 2014-05-07 09.48.10At times we take it for granted that digital information is free for all. It may be so but digital devices are needed to obtain this information. And they are not cheap! I must say I am fortunate to be able to participate in this digital world but many around the globe are not. Digital divide simply refers to the gap between the those who are able to use and have access to digital devices, like smart phones, tablets, laptops and computers and those who are unable to. There are many factors that surround what causes this digital divide, some of which as mentioned by the Rainie (2013) from the Washington Post are as follows:

  •                 Age
  •                 Gender
  •                 Education and Income
  •                 Poverty
  •                 Location of community


Screenshot 2014-05-06 09.32.26In schools, parents, employers and the wider community are well aware of the advances of the technological world. Thus, have a certain expectancy towards the education system to generate students who are digitally fluent. They expect these students to stay abreast with the the advancement of technologies in order to be able to manage it in the future. Therefore, there is a digital expectancy amongst members of the community that already exist with regard to participation in technology and the education system.

Below shows how Howell (2012) talks about the six drivers of digital expectancy and how these parties have attitudes and anticipatory belief that they are engaged and are supported by each member to head towards becoming participants of this digital world.


Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Lee, H. (2011). Infographic: What the new digital divide looks like? [Image]. Colour Lines. Retrieved from

Marina’s Blog (2012). Digital Divide: Academic Investigation [Image]. Retrieved from

Rainie, L. (November 5, 2013).Washington Post Live’s 2013 Bridging the Digital Divide forum. The Washington Post. [Video file]. Retrieved from







Blog #1: Digital Security

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The digital world may seem too complacent for some but to others it is a world where placing your entire trust in technology comes with caution. We may at times have no say in the choices we make as it is the only way and other times feel pressured into a world that changes every minute. We often hear about hackers, scammers, cyberbullying or identity theft that occur with the technology that we use. How secure is our identity? How are we sure the information that we feed through the system would not get into the wrong hands? In her video, Howell (2014) mentions about how we can teach our students to be more digitally literate and to develop safer practices when using technology. It is vital these practices are taught at an early age in classrooms as we see more and more students using technology.

I have personally experienced it when I was sent a hoax email that was set up to look like my banking website. The email stated urgent action needed to be taken due to my funds being used inappropriately. I had to click onto a website to fill in my bank and credit card details and other personal information. Luckily I had the good sense to stop and report it before it went any further.


ACMA. (July, 2013). Let’s fight it together [Video file]. Australian Government – Cyber Smart. Retrieved from

Herzlich, J. (February, 2013). Small business: You digital-info legacy [Image]. Newsday. Retrieved from

Howell, J. (2014). Living and Learning in the Digital World Mod 01 04 Topic 3 [iLecture]. Retrieved from