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ERIC Number: ED413891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-1
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Field of Techno-Dreams: If You Build It, Will They Come, and What If They Do? Issues of Equity Online.
Menchaca, Mike
Access to telecommunications and technology are essential for future social and economic viability. Economic class relates directly to level of educational attainment and education will very soon be tied to a person's ability to get online; therefore, "getting online" is not only access to information and resources, it is access to learning and to power. Access, or "getting online," is much more than merely constructing a building, running wire, and dropping in workstations. Providing access includes identifying areas that need access, designing a physical infrastructure to house the access, and ensuring that the interfaces between the devices that provide access and the access itself are culturally and linguistically accessible. To provide access for everyone, technologic access must be brought to the community. Suggestions for providing equitable access include: understanding and celebrating individuals' differences and creating a sense of community; designing interfaces that are easily understandable and accessible by those who may not have the skill-mastery level or linguistic understanding that is assumed appropriate for technology; building trust in technology by building trust in society; designing facilities that utilize the best technology in environments where people can sit, be comfortable, and realize their own potentials; and by designing technology in such a way that it begs to be used rather than begs to be ignored. (Contains 23 references.) (SWC) conf97/
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A