The Internet is an undisputed force for economic growth and positive social change, and conventional wisdom widely acknowledges the link between universal, affordable Internet access and the well-being of people. In under-resourced environments, mobile phones are the most efficient way for disadvantaged communities to access the benefits of the Internet; and social development in South Africa would benefit greatly from widespread, affordable Internet connectivity. 95 percent of all information is digitised and the Internet fuels: Individual growth and self learning, self expression, connections with internet-based communities, civic engagement, grassroots political activism, civic engagement, unprecedented information access, tolerance, social inclusion, environmental awareness, new forms of social organisation.
On 11 July CDF Executive Director, Emma Kaye, attended a digital disruption workshop facilitated by Ian Merrington of Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) with Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) for the Western Cape Government. Emma had this to say,
“It was an honour to be invited to attend the workshop on digital disruption and how it will affect businesses and citizens of the Western Cape. Technology can no longer be seen as a vertical business sector but as a horizontal necessity across all areas of business. This is, and will continue to have, an accelerated economic, social and cultural impact on the Western Cape. It is inspiring to know that the Department of Economic Trade and Tourism are embracing the conversation to ensure that there is preparation and consideration for these inevitable changes.”
“We have been aware for some time it takes a digital village to educate the child in a socially networked world.” (Mal Lee, LinkedIn, 2015*)
Educational technology has the potential to be incredibly influential in young learners’ lives, both inside and beyond the classroom, but it cannot be effectual if teachers and learners struggle to integrate digital educational tools into their classrooms and teaching programmes.