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The Challenge of Technology and Equity

How many of you have computers/ laptops/

How many have internet connections?
How many have smart phones/ cell phones?
How many homes and schools have
Do you think that majority of our students, all
over the country, have computers?
Do they have internet connections?
Do they have cell phones?
1. In classrooms, its important to establish
equity because any hint of unfairness
turns everyone against the teacher.
2. Your friends and colleagues will be
pleased to hear that your vocabulary is
growing exponentially.
3. Nowadays people can communicate
instantaneously with their friends from
other parts of the world through the
4. The audit is aimed at highlighting racial
and socio-economic disparities and
showing how outcomes differ due to
background, class, gender and income.
5. A drought will exacerbate a countrys
food shortage.
6. If you are going to buy a diamond ring,
you want an authentic diamond and not
Information Technology is influencing
the way many people live and work
today; computers are common in
homes and work areas.
Thesis: Access to information
technology affects our work and way
of life.
Supporting Details:
1. Despite the growing number of
computers, the worlds population
have little access to computers and
the internet.
2. Only 6 percent of the third world
countries have telephones, much
fewer have computers.
3. In the USA, except for the Native
Americans with few telephones, 94%
have telephones, but only 56 % have
4. Income, race, education, household type,
and geographical location create digital
5. Ethnic minorities (African-Americans,
Latinos and Native Americans) and women
benefit less from information technology
6. The schools of the rich children have greater
access to the internet
Conclusion: Equal or greater access to
computers and the internet plus their
interacting with the technology as an end to
itself, will reduce disparities in schools, and
among people.
a. What comprise information technology
and its far-reaching effects?
b. What are the implications of having only
6 percent of the population in developing
countries [are] connected to telephones?
c. What is meant by digital divide?
d. Explain how income, race, education,
household type, and geographical location
affect digital equity.
e. Why are women and minority groups not
eligible for the jobs with the highest
f. Why do schools with rich students have
greater access to internet?
g. How can the computer and the internet be
the great equalizer among people?
h. How does the use of figures and
percentages bolster the observations that
certain factors have created the digital
a. How can the internet be used in
culturally relevant ways?
b. In the Philippines, have students
benefited much from information
c. Can computers and internets bridge the
gaps in educational achievements
between the rural and urban schools in
the Philippines?
d. Can we say that information technology
has become an end in itself in the
Philippines? Why or why not?
e. Considering that internet speed in the
Philippines is much slower than that of
its ASEAN neighbors, does this speed
create another reason for disparity?
Citespecific example
scenarios which pose
as challenges in the
use of the internet in
the Philippines.
Whathave you learned
about todays lesson?
Prepare crosswise for the ten-item
quiz about the topic.
Research on the number of students in
your school who have laptops and tablets,
and have internet access. Find out how
they use the internetas resources for
assignments, for social media sites such
as Facebook and blogs, or some other
reason. Write a two-paragraph reaction
on how beneficial to their educational
needs the internet could be.