Being on prac has really highlighted the gap between students regarding ICT. I have found that some schools are extremely ICT focused and there are enough computers and iPads for all students and interactive whiteboards in all classrooms. There are schools which require a ‘Bring your own device’ (BYOD) to schools and have around 95% of students who are able to comply. Then there are the schools who struggle – there are no interactive whiteboards, classrooms may have four computers which all students share and only a handful of iPads. The most troubling issue is that this gap seems to be widening not closing.
Poverty is one the hardest issues to overcome. The article How can educational ICT be relevant to the poorest of the poor is a wonderful read and helps us to understand that there are actually schools in Australia who are in the same situation.