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The Digital Divide: Opportunities for Language and Multicultural Education
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, The University of Georgia, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

An underlying assumption in the debate regarding the value of instructional technology in education is that the learners have access to the technology. Instructional technologies with useful pedagogical features are useless though without the learning having access to these technologies. The digital divide's focus on the differences in computer access rates that exist among different groups of people offers an important complement to our consideration of the value of instructional technology. One possible element of the digital divide is the prevalence of English over the Internet (Bamgbose, 2001). Paulo Freire's notion of cultural invasion is at work as we see approximately 25 languages becoming extinct each year (Watson, 1999). Internet-Based Computer-Assisted Language Learning (IBCALL) tools have the potential to address issues around the digital divide involving language.

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Thomas, M. (2005). The Digital Divide: Opportunities for Language and Multicultural Education. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4821-4824). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 14, 2019 from .

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