In a never-ending search for new topics to write a blog about, I have just stumbled across a blog post that Hayley has written titled ‘What About Me? It Isn’t Fair!’ Great song reference by the way, I LOL’d a little. She writes about rural schools that are disadvantaged by ICT as they do not have the funding or resources to integrated a strong ICT-rich curriculum. She states that:
“Students who have low to no home access to computers at home tend to perform lower academically than those who do have computers at home.”
This is astounding! I found through the Australian Bureau of Statistics that less than 30% of homes have access to internet in remote and rural areas of Australia. Very remote areas had a decline of less than 10%. When our cohort graduate at the end of next year #HappyDance, some of us will choose to teach in these remote areas of Australia. We must ensure that we have the knowledge and skills to try and bridge this gap in education and integrate some form of ICT to benefit these future students. I am glad that through this course my mind has been opened to the importance of an ICT-rich curriculum.
This is a video that I have found that details ICT in very remotes schools of Australia and how the advancement of technology has help students. I am an advocate for students having the same opportunities no matter where they are situated or what school they attend. I hope that this gap in education is rectified as students can gain many educational possibilities and resources through ICT.
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). Australian Social Trends: Other Areas of Social Concern (cat. no. 4102.0). Retrieved April 24, 2015, from http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0Chapter10002008
Gow, B. (2012). What’s Web 2.0 [image]. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://brittgow.global2.vic.edu.au/page/2/