The digital divide is an issue that I have a clear understanding of. Living in a least developed country, I see firsthand the daily challenges and imbalance that not having access to digital information brings.
This is a picture of a typical village in Vanuatu which is where I currently reside. In most villages and towns people go without access to the internet.
However, Howell (2012) highlights the fact that whilst the digital divide is a global issue, it is still an issue for developed countries including Australia. This is why I chose to focus on the digital divide issue in Australia in an Infographic, for this week’s task.
This is the first time I have used Wordle to create a Word Cloud and Piktochart to create an Infographic. It is also the first time I have created an Infographic! I drew upon current ICT skills to perform a Google search to research appropriate resources on the internet to gain statistical information and images to include in the Infographic. I then applied knowledge of basic design principles, such as effective use of colours and space to produce the Piktochart. The use of basic design principles was noted in the feedback I received. The feedback on the discussion board also noted that the Infographic displayed information in a concise manner. Considering that displaying information in a concise way is the purpose of an Infographic, I was extremely happy with this observation. However, when comparing the Infographic I produced to others on the discussion board, it can be noted that other people used more pictures and symbols to effectively communicate their information, whereas the one I produced relied mostly on text. When attempting another Infographic, I will aim to produce a more visual Infographic that effectively states the information in a pictorial way.
I enjoyed producing a Word Cloud with Wordle. I will use Word Clouds in the classroom to help students visually focus on a topic. The keywords of a topic can be brainstormed and a Word Cloud produced to show students’ current understanding (Technologies for Teaching, n.d.). Another Word Cloud can be produced after researching to show a comparison of students’ new understanding of the topic (Technologies for Teaching, n.d.). The many ways Word Clouds can be used in the classroom is illustrated in Michael Gorman’s blog post, ‘108 ways to use Word Clouds in the classroom… Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 2’.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). (2014). Household internet access. Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/8146.0Chapter12012-13
Australian Human Rights Commission. (n.d.). 8 A Right to access the internet. Retrieved from https://www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/background-paper-human-rights-cyberspace/8-right-access-internet
Australian Human Rights Commission. (2013). No access sign [Image]. Retrieved from https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/digital-divide
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
Technologies for Teaching. (n.d.). Word Clouds. Retrieved from http://technologiesforteaching.weebly.com/wordclouds.html
TEDxSanMigueldeAllende. (2011, October 17). Aleph Molinari – Bridging the digital divide [Video file]. Retrieved from https://lms.curtin.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_4_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_71765_1%26url%3D
Yenko, A. (2014, April 24). Australia “weak” in bridging digital divide. International Business Times – Australia Edition. Retrieved from http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/549400/20140424/australia-nbn-2014-global-information-technology-report.htm#.VCidMvmSySp