EdTech 501: Week 5 Assignments

February 13 –  February 19

You have had the opportunity to read more about digital divide and digital inequality and discuss these issues with your classmates. Now, it’s time to organize and collaborate with your classmates to produce and publish a VoiceThread presentation, addressing a scenario about digital divide/inequality.

  •  Week 5: Monday – Sunday | Begin Digital Inequality Presentation Page
  •  Digital Inequality Discussion Forum

Week 5: Monday – Sunday | Begin Digital Inequality Presentation

voicethread

Last week you read about and analyzed issues of digital divide and digital inequality.

In this assignment you will tackle a difficult scenario, crafting a presentation with your classmates that addresses the issues and presents additional alternatives.

Learning Objectives

  • Synthesize research into a coherent presentation identifying and addressing issues of digital divide and digital inequality.
  • Evaluate digital inequality solutions.
  • Apply technology skills in preparing a VoiceThread presentation.

In the scenario below you will take on the persona of an educational technologist, a leader with vision, compassion, and special insights into the technological needs of your state’s residents.


Your TO DO List

1. Scenario

You and your classmates are members of a Digital Inequality Task Force hired by your State Superintendent of Public Instruction. She has been given a special allocation of $50M to address digital inequalities in the state, and she wants the Task Force to consider the following seven options:

  1. Install computers in all public libraries in the state and expand the hours when the computers are available.
  2. Expand staffing and other resources so that public schools can be open to the public after normal school hours, on weekends, and during the summer months.
  3. Provide individuals in disadvantaged communities with computers.
  4. Provide high-speed Internet and mobile access for all state residents.
  5. Subsidize Internet Service Providers to provide low-cost Internet to all state residents.
  6. Provide information literacy courses to enhance computer skills and enable knowledgeable use of digital technologies.
  7. Develop free online educational content, giving first priority to content most relevant to lower socio-economic groups before content that is relevant to the rest of the public.

2. Your Assignment

As a member of this Task Force to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, you are assigned the task of evaluating these alternatives, possibly suggesting other alternatives, and giving recommendations. She has asked your group to prepare a multimedia presentation that will be delivered to all the relevant stakeholders. In this presentation, you will:

  1. Explain your concept of digital inequality and why it is a critical issue in education today;
  2. List the seven options suggested by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction;
  3. Describe any alternative(s) in addition to the seven you believe should be considered; and
  4. Identify the strongest alternatives and the weakest alternatives and why you rate them as you do.

Instructions

Suggested Timeline: (You will have two weeks to complete this assignment.)

  1. Discuss how you want to organize and assign roles and tasks. A discussion forum (Digital Inequality Discussion Forum) has been set up to facilitate this process. For instance, the entire group might want to contribute to the introductory piece on the importance of digital inequality, another person might list the seven options and possible alternatives, and each member could rate the strongest and weakest alternatives and a rationale for those ratings, with a final agreement on how the group would rate them and why.
  2. Since this scenario involves a State Superintendent of Public Instruction, you might want to select one state from your group. That way, you can keep it authentic, accurate, and address specific state issues. Do what works for your group.
  3. Create a document in Google Docs and share it with your members, to start working on the writing and planning of the presentation. Assign roles and job assignments.
  4. Please give your classmates time to respond to this assignment, but if you have not heard from a member in more than two days, then assume that person will not be involved. It is up to each member to contribute to receive full credit for this assignment. If you feel you need instructor intervention, please email your instructor ASAP.
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