I chose to feature computer scientist, professor, and international researcher, Kentaro Toyama, for the opening of my digital divide reflection. At first listen, you might wonder why I chose Mr. Toyama as a voice of reason in all matters related to the digital divide conversation. I chose him because he provides first-hand experience about what results when you focus on technology first and humans second in this dialogue.
I appreciated the tutorials on how to create an effective visual presentation. The tutorials support the belief above that our primary job is to communicate first and use technology to enhance our communication of ideas. Prior to this presentation, I would develop a vague outline of what I set out to accomplish and little attention was paid to how my story was told. After all, stories are the work of fiction. Great storytelling comes in all forms and I chose my images to serve as the important plot developments in my digital divide story.
This assignment dovetailed nicely with the conclusion I drew in my professional ethics paper:
“Classrooms don’t need tech geeks who can teach; we need teaching geeks who can use tech”. ~David Guerin
I am not of the belief that technology alone is the game changer in making improvements in schools, our community, or our world. However, I do believe it can be a tool for social good in the right hands with the right education.
Just like we teach our children that there is a time and place to use social versus academic language. They also need to know that there is a time and place to use technology for social purposes versus academic or civic purposes. Too many citizens do not fully understand how technology can be used beyond social purposes so there has been little change in improving the status of people’s lives according to Kentaro Toyama. The digital divide can be lessened when the proper education comes with technology, access is widely available and affordable, and there is enough content for anyone in the world to use it for good.