Mistaking Computers for Technology: Technology Literacy and the Digital Divide
Tel Amiel, University of Georgia, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
No other information and communication technology has swept the globe with greater speed than the Internet, having the potential to promote vast social, economic, and political transformations. As new technologies become available the pattern of adoption and diffusion creates disparities in access and ownership. At the most basic this gap is termed the digital divide and its most common antidote has been the computer. In order to close this divide, sizeable capital has been spent on promoting computer literacy through institutionalized education. This paper uses the case of Brazil and the United States to analyze the role of computers as tools to close the digital gap within national technology integration efforts. It is advocated that massive computer deployment will not be the cure for to the digital divide. An approach focusing on technology literacy is presented that can attack the root of the digital divide: passive and uninformed technological acceptance.
Amiel, T. (2004). Mistaking Computers for Technology: Technology Literacy and the Digital Divide. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4497-4504). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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