This blog focuses on the stark reality of the digital divide. My infographic highlights the digital divide between Kenya and Australia. For me, the most significant issue was Kenya’s lack of internet. How can students in Kenya break the cycle of poverty if they are not given the same opportunities as students in developed countries?
I discovered that mobile technology has emerged as a powerful tool, and can play a crucial role in giving the excluded a voice. Interestingly 93%of Kenyans use mobile phones (World Bank, 2013). Mobile phones yield alternative learning options, such as live news feeds, catering to those who cannot read or write. Furthermore, Randovanovic (2013) argues slow internet and electricity shortages do not affect mobiles. Like Kenya, Australian rural areas have started to take advantage of Mobile technologies.
I unearthed that both rural Australia and Kenya have implemented programs to promote mobiletechnologies. NT Mojo launched in 2011 enables indigenous people to film, edit and share stories on mobiles (Northern Territory Mobile Journalists, 2011). Similarly, Kenya implemented Ushahidi to help give Kenyans a voice by developing free software that enables users to share, interact and report on what’s happening in society (Ushahidi, 2008). Moving forward, I acknowledge the economic and social inequality the digital divide presents. To promote change, teachers must support government projects, recognize inequalities and offer equal opportunities.
Below is my info graphic that addresses the digital divide between Kenya and Australia.
Build African Schools. (2011). Kenyas laptops for schools dream fails to address reality.
Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2013/jun/27/kenya-laptops-schools
Northern Territory Mobile Journalists. (2011) The NT Mojos story.
Retrieved from http://ntmojos.indigenous.gov.au/about/the-nt-mojos-story/
Porritt, A. (2013). Bringing your own technology to school. Retrieved from
Randovanovic, D. (2013). Social media and mobile technologies in bridging digital
divides. Retrieved from http://dejanseo.com.au/social-media-and-mobile-technologies/
The Economist. (2012). Upwardly mobile.
Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/node/21560912
The World Bank. (2012). Kenya’s mobile revolution and the promise of mobile savings.
from http://elibrary.worldbank.org/doi/book/10.1596/1813-9450- 5988
Ushahidi. (2008). About us. Retrieved from http://ushahidi.com/about-us/