Is it a digital divide because it's no good when talking from an Aboriginal point?

Giving Aboriginal design to educational practices

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Abstract

Indigenous Peoples are some of the most disadvantaged groups globally. When using any social indicator, Indigenous Communities will always be noted within the negative end of these measures. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities are no different; much of their lack of success can be related to the inappropriate educational practices directed at them through non Aboriginal pedagogical filters of the Australian educational systems.
Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities have attempted to cross the digital divide and grasp the beast of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and multi-media, using it to support the educational achievements and maintain aspects of their culture in their Communities. But with a limited number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educationalists nationally and with fewer working in the field of ICT, many of these challenges are not being extended to the use of ICT to gain the equitable and cultural outcomes desired in the Communities.
Aboriginal educational outcamps, (Community based multimedia labs) are ICT tools that the Aboriginal Community could access educational programs from Universities or technical colleges to gain trades and educational requirements in areas that could support the needs for the local Communities.
By accessing ICT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities can decrease the digital divide, improve their educational outcomes and share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander usage of ICT can be positive when they use it for their benefit, designed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to suit the needs in their Communities. With Aboriginal pedagogy extended to cater for Aboriginal educational achievement with curriculum designed with the learner at the centre.
From these co-operative Outcamps aspects of culture could be maintained or expressed through digital means in multimedia tools of film and art. Revitalising their culture and sharing their unique cultural identity with members of their own Nations who do not live in Country, other Indigenous groups or other groups of difference.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Media and Technological Cultures
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Critical Issues
EditorsOwen Kelly
Place of PublicationOxfordshire, England
PublisherLearning Solutions
Pages56-64
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventGlobal conference on New Media and Technological Cultures (2nd : 2004) -
Duration: 9 Aug 200411 Aug 2004

Conference

ConferenceGlobal conference on New Media and Technological Cultures (2nd : 2004)
Period9/08/0411/08/04

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    Donovan, M. (2004). Is it a digital divide because it's no good when talking from an Aboriginal point? Giving Aboriginal design to educational practices. In O. Kelly (Ed.), New Media and Technological Cultures: Exploring Critical Issues (pp. 56-64). Oxfordshire, England: Learning Solutions.