What a great chat! #anz23mthings Twitter chat 2

30 May

Thanks to everyone who was able to join in on our chat last night – it was really fantastic to be able to discuss “Smartphones have bridged the digital divide.” We thought a little bit more about what the digital divide is, and how libraries can help bridge this gap by providing access to information technology, and helping users become information literate.

Here are the questions we discussed:

  • Q1. Are smartphones cheap enough to bridge the income divide or adequate as a PC substitute? #anz23mthings

  • Q2. What do you think the digital divide is? #anz23mthings

  • Q3. Do you think there is a digital divide in Australia or NZ?  If so who is affected and how can libraries help combat this? #anz23mthings

  • Q4. Does having a smartphone mean that you have bridged the digital (device) divide or is it more than that? #anz23mthings

  • Q5. Anything else? #anz23mthings

We also discussed MOOCs in passing, which was a fabulous digression. Maybe we might discuss MOOCs a bit more in another discussion or in our next Twitter chat!

Because the archived chat is very long, we have put it on a seperate page.

So what did you think of the chat?

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5 Responses to “What a great chat! #anz23mthings Twitter chat 2”

  1. Robyn Collins May 30, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    I was a newbie to Twitter chats real-time with a big group … & found it informative, fun & very fast paced. Those 140 characters make you work hard to say what you want, but also force you to focus & be more concise.

    Loved the positive tone – much sharing of links, viewpoints & experiences plus asking for feedback & ideas on various aspects. The focus around the questions about the blog post & then the ebb & flow of the tweets got me thinking & responding at a similar pace. Many of the tweets made me LOL … always great at the end of a work day! ;P

    Very ennervating & a great way to engage with other #anz23mthingers! Gentle coordination from the @anz23mthings team was key to the success of the tweetathon … thanks & BIG pat on the back to you all!

    MOOCs would be a great topic for another chat. Currently doing my 2nd 4 week course from the Open2Study https://www.open2study.com/ offerings and enjoying the stimulation. Picture me early morning in pjs on the lounge with iPad watching the videos & doing the quizzes. Not looking for a qual, rather a recharge on stuff I already work in and a focus on any new resources, tactics, networking etc etc. Completed User experience for the web and just started Teaching adult learners if anyone wants to touch base about any of that.

    😀 Rob … in rainy foggy Wagga

    • ajwillemse91 June 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi Robyn – thank you so much for your lovely comments 🙂 It’s fantastic to hear that you had such a great experience during our fast and furious twitter chat 🙂 I was also chuffed that you found the coordination very helpful as I was flying solo that night and hosting my 2nd Twitter chat 🙂

      I also love the option of MOOCs – so many opportunities for learning and sharing 😀

  2. cathymk May 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    It was totally awesome, I left work really energised from the conversation (to the point that I was awake half the night thinking and planning – not sure if I should thank you for that!!) 😛

    • ajwillemse91 June 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Super! Glad you found it so energizing and exciting 🙂

  3. Loretta June 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    I couldn’t participate in the chat but I think an important thing that many people forget (especially at the city library where I work) that the digital divide can also refer to access to service. Where we live can be a major factor – country vs city. Where I live (6km from a country town but only 20km from a major regional city) I can’t use a smart phone as there is no mobile phone coverage for smart phones. To get coverage we need a “Rural tick” phone and even then coverage seems to only occur around 50% of the time (standing still I can go from 4 bars of coverage to no coverage several times within an hour). So far in Australia there are no smart phones available that provide reliable rural coverage. My teenager feels left out as all her friends (who live in the regional city) have smart phones but there is no point her having one when she would only be able to use it at school – not on the way to school or at home. Oh and we only have ADSL 1 (not even ADSL 2) and as I write this I have no landline phone as there is a fault in the line which the telecommunications company has told me will take 3 weeks to fix because us “country hicks” are a very low priority below cities. Until we can provide proper mobile phone coverage to all populated areas of the country there will always be a digital divide no matter how educated or financial people are.

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