Digital Divide can be described as the inequality between people, communities and countries and their accessibility to digital technologies (Howell, 2012).
An assessment on the abilities of students’ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacies made in 2008 found that students from lower socio-economic backgrounds underperformed in comparison to students from a high socio-economic backgrounds (Howell, 2012). It is clear that students are disadvantaged due to their inaccessibility to digital technologies and measures need to be taken to ensure equality in accessibility to digital technologies.
I have created an infographic as a simple explanation to the meaning of what a digital divide is. The information is basic, however, it is supported with explanatory pictures which help give insight and better understanding to its meaning. There is an emphasis on how the digital divide affects Australians who come from a low socio-economic background, and that on a larger scale there is a digital divide between developing countries and already developed countries. The pictures provide an understanding of how the digital divide also affects other parts of the world.
When comparing this digital divide infographic with others that are presenting the same topic, the similarities found are generally how pictures presenting both ends of the digital divide spectrums were used to make it visually clear about what the digital divide is and how it affects people. Differences are that some have relied more on getting the point across using images, whereas this infographic is more of a balance between text and image.
Buch-Larsen, M. (2014). Digital Divide [image] retrieved from https://magic.piktochart.com/output/1667323-melindas-infographic-copy
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT:Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.