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The Digital Divide

Objectives

  • To review the factors that cause and influence the digital divide and discuss it's impact
  • To quantify the extent of the digital divide and discuss the measures being taken to narrow the gap
  • To discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the digital divide

Your Task

You need to research the causes, effects, impact and extent of the "digital divide".  Find out what is being done to narrow the gap and how effective these measures are proving.  Think about the benefits and drawbacks of narrowing the divide.  Here are some ideas:

The causes of the divide Choose three from:  technological, economic, social, geographical, fear, lack of motivation
The effects of the divide economic, social, educational, cultural
The extent of the divide Is it widening or narrowing?
Measures to narrow the divide Are they working?  What else could be done?
Benefits and drawbacks Consider the advantages and possible disadvantages of narrowing the divide.

  • Record every source of information in your bibliography
  • Make sure you use a wide range of different sources and make sure that you research a good range of local, national and global examples. 
  • Describe at least three causes of the digital divide. 
  • Consider the effects of the digital divide (locally, nationally and globally). 
  • Consider the extent of the divide (locally, nationally and globally). 
  • Consider measures being taken to narrow the divide (locally, nationally and globally). 

Supporting Activities and ResourcesNews stories

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Mark Band c


Mark Band 1

Mark Band 2

Mark Band 3

The learner:

gives a brief description of:

- at least three factors  contributing to the digital divide - some of the measures being taken to bridge the gap 

makes some evaluative comments about the impact/extent of the digital divide, but not sufficient to give a clear picture of the current situation.

  


(0–4)

The learner:

gives a detailed description — supported by examples — of:

- at least three factors contributing to the digital divide

- some of the measures being taken to bridge the gap

makes some relevant evaluative comments about the impact/extent of the digital divide which give an indication of the current situation.

 


(5–6)

The learner:

gives a detailed description supported by a range of well chosen examples (both global and local) of: 

- at least three factors contributing to the digital divide 

- some of the measures being taken to bridge the gap

provides a considered assessment of the impact/extent of the digital divide, giving a clear picture of the current situation both globally and locally.

(7–8)

















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Examiners Report

Candidates who achieved in the higher mark bands gave a detailed description of at least 3 factors contributing to the
digital divide and went on to look at the impact of the divide and the measures taken to bridge the gap. Weaker candidates tend to describe the factors but then fail to identify any measures taken to bridge the gap and therefore could not be awarded higher marks.

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