The Wealth of Knowledge

In history we have had the wealthy and the poor and also the first, second and third class. It is well known that wealth creates social division and has been the cause of war, treason and revenge. In today's modern age some people believe that the greatest divide is not necessarily wealth but whether digital resources and access to the Internet are available. Some parents state that the "cost of having Internet at home" is just too expensive. This factor reflects that some families are unable to meet demands and provide their children with access to online resources to assist learning, social engagement and publication of materials and work.

Books are becoming published as eBooks and even Britannica has decided to make100% of its content now digital. After 244 years of publication, Britannica will cease publication and provide all of its content online. It is certain that our modern age is pouring energy into making everything digital. It would seem that unless you are able to move with the trend that groups will be left behind.

I suppose the saying, "wealth of knowledge" refers directly to the understanding that ease of access to information and content can create opportunities that promote success. The digital divide in our society might not be as easily recognised as material possessions that indicate wealth and therefore it is often difficult to recognise individuals that may be disadvantaged.

If technology is considered such an advantage than it must be made available to as many people as possible. Multiple avenues must be taken to share information with people to ensure equality. One can assume that every student benefits from a 1-to-1 project because individuals have access to information, research and facts immediately.

Teenagers and children for that matter are known as being great consumers of technology. In fact, reports state that students arrive at school with the expectation of receiving quality education that includes the use of technology. In the same way as adults going to a fine dining restaurant expecting excellent service, students believe that educators must deliver quality service that addresses their needs and this includes the use of digital resources.

The challenge is working out ways in which to deliver the content and curriculum that addresses the needs of all parties. All stakeholders agree, however, that knowledge and continual learning and progress are important. The platform that delivers the "wealth of knowledge" can be either the catalyst for growth or the obstacle for change. To promote learning that is equal and fair, individuals must be on the same playing field and have the same opportunities to create "wealth of knowledge".

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