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Maria's WK 10 discussion prompt

Sanchez-Serano (2008) talks about the difficulties in distance learning, and some of us may have experienced some of these difficulties in our last class. Many of these problems dealt with the technology itself. However, Sanchez-Serano mentions a more ethical concern dealing with the digital divide, and asks how this divide affects distance learning, in particular foreign language teaching. So, my question is have you seen first hand the effects of the digital divide in distance learning - foreign language? If not what do you think are the effects? What are some ways teachers and/or ELLs can overcome the digital divide?
Maria

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clezcano
Mar. 29th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Week 10
I think the effects of digital divide is evident right now because while many students or institutions might have the money to provide their students with training and access to new technology, there are always others who don’t have this opportunity. Sanchez-Serrano (2008) mentions, distance learning requires students and teachers to be familiarized with Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) (p.173). In reference to foreign learners, I imagine that some districts are reluctant to spend extra time and money to provide English Language Learners with the opportunity to have access to internet. I think distance learning is at the beginning stage and we are unable to see results, but very soon everybody will have access to the new technology and education will reach every distant learner and Web Quests, Skype, and Second Life will be more familiar to teachers and will be used to enhance our education!
loula_1983
Apr. 2nd, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Week 10
So, do you think that the digital divide will get more narrow in the future? and that this will make distance learning more possible for many ELLs? I agree especially with more teacher getting trained in CALL. Thanks for your comment Carmen.

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