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Participation and the digital devide

Participation in the digital world is to have access to the Internet or digital devices. The digital divide is either an individual with access to the internet and digital devices or an individual that does not have access to the internet or digital devices. The digital divide may seem virtually non-existent to the majority of the world with digital access as with the growth over generations of the use of internet and digital devices the prices are lower and the access is more important.

I believe there are two prominent groups of people that don’t have access to the Internet. The First one being less fortunate countries; to a lot of individuals and country’s the internet is still not accessible. In which I learnt from (One laptop per child, Nicholas Negroponte, 2007) http://www.ted.com/talks/nicholas_negroponte_on_one_laptop_per_child_two_years_on#t-127260

I was always aware that some less fortunate countries didn’t have access to digital world but never gave the issue much thought. The other prominent group of people I believe is the older generations, as a large number of them have also not gained access, as they don’t have the knowledge to use the technology, as it was virtually non-existent when they were growing up. With the younger generation who has access to the equipment and Internet growing up it is second nature to them to use it and gain further self taught advancements. Some individuals may also think that they don’t have a use for the Internet. Elderly people would have been introduced to digital technology from digital TVs and Radios in which they would see the impacts and advantages of using a device that is more updated and superior. There is also the issue of the price or though digital technology is affordable there are plenty of people in the world that don’t have the finances to venture into the digital world.

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What is a digital world?

A digital world is a progressing virtual existence. The first digital computer was invented in the 1930s outlined in (Computerhope, 2015) and since then the digital world has exploded and many people and businesses would be lost without it. A digital world according to (Howell, 2014), can be defined as a world where technology allows users to access information instantly, and globally via the internet. Furthermore, (Howell, 2014), suggests that within a digital world information is no longer local, but global and free of boundaries. This allows humans to move beyond their own society, and become active global citizens.The digital world is vital for education not only for the availability to study online, but also for the use of the Internet for study assistance. This gives the world the access to an immense quantity of online information. The amount of digital technology used everyday is expanding. The use of digital technology back in the 1930s was non-existent Shown in (Computerhope, 2015)  to most, but more recently this has changed, as the use of digital technologies has become very accessible and affordable to the majority of people.

A variety of different digital technologies and devices are used everyday by a wide variety of groups e.g. business use, personal use, communication, entrainment, and advertisement. I believe digital technologies in education are a major asset. I decided to do further research (Modern Teacher, 2014) and found information on what teachers in the field think about the impacts, advantages and disadvantages in the use of digital technologies in education today. I found this video(Modern Teacher, 2014) on YouTube and have gained some further knowledge on percentages of educators that feel digital technology is being used sufficiently, some think it could be used more and some don’t have access to the equipment.

The use of digital technology is important at school I believe, as it is heavily used in a lot of businesses. When students graduate school a vast majority will need further knowledge, training and support to use digital technology.On that thought I became interested in what negative impacts technology might have on a business. The only information I came across on this YouTube link(Out-Law Digital, 2014):

Which brought my attention to if the (Out-Law Digital, 2014) “digital technology and digital use is disrupting businesses today”. I believe that if the technology is used in an insufficient way it could lead to a negative impact due to there being many distractions with social media and the World Wide Web but if the technology is set up for a business’ individual purpose and needs that there will virtually be no negative impacts. As the internet and technology is only used as a way to benefit the company.