Wednesday, March 31, 2004

In terms of the digital divide, I personally think there are two factors which help to distinguish the huge difference. Education and class are both indicators of why the digital divide is where it is today. Education is a primary key in determining if a person is going to rely on technology, specifically the internet for resources and those who do not decide to further their education after high school are limiting themselves unless they specifically make an effort to go out of their way to learn more about different technological resources. Class is also a large determinant in the digital divide because there are thousands of people who do not have the internet available to them within their community. I completely agree with what Katrina stated about how libraries and community centers within these neighborhoods should encourage free internet use for students within their own community.
In response to our Mindstorms article today, I somewhat agree with Papert Seymour in making an effort to integrate different computer programs in schools to help children advance their learning skills. I have always thought we should make sure kids do not forget what it is be like to be a kid such as playing with friends outside, etc. But now that I think about it, it would be possible for kids to enjoy themselves, but also learn a little about computers at an early age if it could actually adavance their learning skills. This could also help the digital divide in terms of education if children are exposed to these resources as early as elementary school.

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