Using Web2.0 applications to close the digital divide in Western Australia

Trinidad, Suzanne & Broadley, Tania (2008) Using Web2.0 applications to close the digital divide in Western Australia. Education in Rural Australia, 18(1), pp. 3-11.

Abstract

The research reported in this paper documents the use of Web2.0 applications with six Western Australian schools that are considered to be regional and/or remote. With a population of two million people within an area of 2,525,500 square kilometres Western Australia has a number of towns that are classified as regional and remote. Each of the three education systems have set up telecommunications networks to improve learning opportunities for students and administrative services for staff through a virtual private network (VPN) with access from anywhere, anytime and ultimately reduce the feeling of professional and social dislocation experienced by many teachers and students in the isolated communities. By using Web2.0 applications including video conferencing there are enormous opportunities to close the digital divide within the broad directives of the Networking the Nation plan. The Networking the Nation plan aims to connect all Australians regardless of where they are hence closing the digital divide between city and regional living. Email and Internet facilities have greatly improved in rural, regional and remote areas supporting every day school use of the Internet. This study highlights the possibilities and issues for advanced telecommunications usage of Web2.0 applications discussing the research undertaken with these schools. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)

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ID Code: 93417
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Foreign Countries Networks, Telecommunications, Educational Opportunities, Internet, Access to Computers, Access to Information, Regional Planning, Regional Programs, Information Technology
ISSN: 18397387
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2016 03:47
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 04:37

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