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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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abbylibby715
Apr. 9th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Response
After reading all the repsonses and the question posed I think there are problems encounter in the digital divide as described in the reading. I especially like the way the author describes the three different levels of the digital divide. Distance learning is only available for those students that have access to the technology. Then if you are in teaching in the United States you need to know your students and their abilities to use technology so that you can mediate for them and provide alternate methods or teaching them technology to learn the objective. Apologize for my tardiness to response. Been study for comps :)
loula_1983
Apr. 15th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Response
Thank you for your comment and I agree. It is so important for teachers to get to know their students.
Maria

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