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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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loula_1983
Apr. 7th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comment, especially for the statistics, that was very interesting. I agree that it distance learning is only possible in countries or places with access to technology. It is something teachers need to be aware of especially teachers who plan to travel and teach in foreign countries. You are right accomadation is probably the best and only way to overcome the digital divide. However, I wonder if there are other things that can be done such as fundraising, asking for donations or grants, and/or teaching those in power the importance of technology in schools, so they may consider giving more money to schools for technology.

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