The "Haves and "Have Nots": Poverty and Opportunity in the Digital Age

This is a seven page paper exploring an aspect of the technology access and education inequalities known collectively as "the digital divide". This paper focuses on the relationship of socio-economics and the use of information and media technology. Within this paper, I proposed ten ways in which lower-income groups could better access technology and develop technology skills. Written in the Fall 2005 semester, this was one of the few papers of my graduate coursework that required the use of peer-reviewed articles to support the paper. While my educational technology program favored projects over papers, I found the research and writing to complete this assignment valuable to my understanding and articulation of this educational challenge.

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Research on this paper contributed to my sensitivity of learners with different socio-economic backgrounds and raised my personal awarness of the unique challenges to assisting lower-income communities to bridge the digital divide. Understanding and articulating the complex socio-economic and cultural factors that generates a "digital devide" in lower-income communities demonstrated my abilities as a systems thinker.

Reflections from the "Technology, Science and Human Values" Seminar

Originally posted in my Educational Technology Blog Tech-ucation, my daily reflections share some of the insights of the week-long seminar. The experiences were summarized in a four page reflection paper at the end of the seminar. I argue that while technologies gives humanity more options, it also makes living wisely more complex.

Exerpt of Entry 1, Originally posted on 7/11/06

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Of all the experiences within my educational program, this seminar definately stirred feelings of wonderment and awe within me, most especially when we visited the super-colider at Brookhaven Laboratory. Discussions of technology and human values also lead easily to reflection about humankind's manipulation of natural processes for its own survival and desires, and my own views and values on such things as genetic therapy, fertility treatments, and medical advancements.

The Great Solar System Rescue Proposal

The purpose of this paper was to simulate a proposal to a school board for the purchase of software called Great Solar System Rescue (GSSR), and support the proposal with statements of pedagocial value from our reading inHow People Learn.

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This proposal demonstrates my ability to apply educational theories (as found in How People Learn) in selecting and promoting relevant educational technologies. Through this assignment, I also demonstrate my understanding of academic reading by applying it to the proposal.