No one uses a type writer anymore. Even taking notes in a classroom has become digitalized, and if you actually do take notes by hand it will eventually find a way to be plugged into a computer. I had a friend ask me the other day why digital writing was important as a class, that it had to serve some function if there was a class dedicated to it specifically, and my response was simply every form of writing today is digital. However, you can’t just hope to define this word with only that, and you also can’t hope to ever have a full grasp on how it works with new media, as it is forever changing. The “We Want it Now” video seems to give the perfect definition of the constant change of digital writing, without ever actually mentioning writing. Today’s society wants it now, they want to see the score of the game not just 3 seconds after it is over, but through the entire game itself. Forcing sportswriters (among every other field of media) to be blogging simultaneously with the game. It’s not so much impatience in today’s society, as it is more of a desire to always be plugged in.
- More than just a skill; it is a means of interfacing with ideas and with the world, a mode of thinking and expressing in all grades and disciplines.
- It can help students develop critical thinking skills and support learning across all subject areas.
- Educators, community members, and policymakers must work together to promote technology development in schools to create learning environments that support digital literacy
Some people may not have the internet, whether it be because of monetary reason, or as stated above the inability to find an outlet due to people charging them ridiculous amounts of money to use theirs. It sounds strange to be so dependent on the internet, on some device that we cannot even see, but I was in England this past winter, and while there I realized just how important having a connection to the interent actually was. Cell phone service does not work over there (for those that didn’t know). That’s not to say they don’t have cell phones, it’s just saying that your phone will not work internationally unless you pay for it. Anyway, imagine going to a foreign country without any plan and without any sense of direction, and try and not only find your way around, but book a hotel, book transportation, and during all of this still try to enjoy your time and sight see. Granted, it was our fault for not being prepared, but still to not have the internet in today’s society is like not having water, or food. Luckily what England lacked in cell service they made up for with McDonalds and Starbucks, the two universal places that provide free Wi-Fi, and made it possible for my friends and I to survive a week in England, in the middle of winter. In short this story agrees with the above statement of how Wi-Fi needs to be acceptable, and of how dependent not just our country but the world has become on the internet. While in England, we got any tickets we needed on the interent, we booked hotels on the internet, and used google maps to see where we needed to go through the internet and the ingenuity of the smart phone allowing you to take a picture of said map (so when you got lost you could hopefully check the picture of what looked like the right roads). Without the internet we would have been lost, just as anyone that is unfortunate enough to not have access to it is lost. Our goal needs to be to close this gap so everyone has a chance to become a part of this growing phenomenon before it is to late and they are lost like our parents who have trouble connecting to Facebook. And as Jenkins says, “Can America prosper if its citizens experience such different and unequal cultural lives (Jenkins 61)?”
In an online article by Kevin Guidry, the digital divide still persists on many college campuses as many students do not own or use their own computers. The 994 institutions that participated in the 2007 EDUCAUSE Core Data Service reported an average of 65.1% of their students use their own computer implying that nearly a third of their students do not. There are significant differences in the rates of computer ownership between the different types of institutions (Carnegie Basic classification) and public/private institutions, differences that seem to echo the larger patterns that exist in American society. More affluent institutions – those granting more advanced degrees and private institutions – report significantly more students using their own computers
Even students who have had access to technology have had different experiences with it and have thus gained different skills, predilections, and comfort levels with different technologies.
Thus continuing to illustrate that something must be done to close this gap, and it seems that Jenkins might be on the right track by placing it in the hands of the parents to make a discernable effort to acquaint themselves with this new technology so they can begin to teach their children. It will soon get to a point where these children will be left behind if they do not have access to a computer. Jenkins also mentions after school programs to help get students better equipped to handle the digital world, however if they do not have access to technology in their home they can never expect to be fully immersed in new media. Without the parents help (who are sometimes even more computer illiterate than their children) there is no hope to close this gap.