Thursday, April 21, 2005

Learning the web

In the Bishop article, as well as some of the others this week, there was a lot of focus on not just getting computer access to people, but teaching individuals HOW to use computers and the internet. Last week in discussion, a lot of people stated that knowledge was an important part of the digital divide. In discussing the Bill Gates scenario, with all the funding that we would propose to use, how could the technology information get spread to individuals without experience? Should it target only those people who want to learn, or should it be of some requirement? (ok like that could happen, but in a perfect world what would you say?) In the same regards, should it be a part of some sort of government regulation?


  1. I think it needs to be part of school, like math and social studies. Being comfortable and knowledgable with computers should start in grade school. Again, like you say, only in a perfect world because technology takes so much money. But goal should be computer literacy...

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  3. I think school is probably the best place, but it would require a lot of time/money to get staff trained to teach computer skills. I think it would be best to have computer use integrated into other classes so everyone could learn, although seperate computer classes should be available for people who want to go beyond basic skills.

    My alma mater, Madison's Malcolm Shabazz City High, has an interesting program called the Equity in Computer Access Program (ECAP). At school, kids can take a class where they learn to repair old (donated) computers, install operating systems, hook up a printer, etc. The repaired computers are given to people without home computers. When I was a student there it was computer-less Shabazz students who got the computers once they were up and running, but now anyone in the Madison area can request one.