The concept of digital divide


Concept of digital divide

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Week 4


Reference Materials: 


Instructional Materials

  • Pictures
  • Wall charts
  • Computer




Previous Knowledge:

The pupils have previous knowledge of

Practical Use of Search Engines

Behavioural Objectives: At the end of the lesson, the pupils should be able to

  • Define the concept of digital divide
  • Mention the features and importance of Digital Divide




The Concept of Digital Divide

The digital divide refers to the gap between those who have access to the internet and those who do not. It can also refer to the gap between those who have access to technology and those who do not. The term is often used in discussions about social inequality. The digital divide can be a barrier to social mobility and economic opportunity.

It can also lead to a lack of understanding or awareness of important issues. The digital divide is a problem that needs to be addressed in order to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in the digital world.

Digital divide can also refer to the gap between those people with effective access to digital and information technology and those without. It includes the imbalance in physical access to technology as well as imbalance in resources and skills needed to participate effectively as a digital citizen.



The Digital divide is probably one of the first concepts considered when reflecting on the theme of the social impact caused by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). From there on, one perceives that these technologies are going to produce differences in the development opportunities of people, and that a distance will be established between those with access to these technologies and those without.



The term ‘digital divide’ describes the fact that the world can be divided into people who do and people who don’t have access to, and the capability to use modern Information and Communication Technology, such as the telephone, television, or the internet.


The digital divide is often seen to exist along the following lines:


  1. Between the rich and poor countries;
  2. Between those in cities and those in rural areas;
  3. Between males and females
  4. Between the rich and the poor individuals;
  5. Between physically challenged and those without any disability
  6. Between literates and illiterates, etc.


It has been suggested that one of the relevant ways of measuring the gap in access to ICTs is to look at the differences between developed and developing countries in the level of penetration of different ICT services (telephone, mobile phone, internet) and of personal computers. Over the course of the past decade, the gap has narrowed markedly, with particularly rapid progress in the field of mobile phones and internet use.





1. What is the digital divide?

2. What are the causes of the digital divide?

3. How does the digital divide affect society?

4. How can we close the digital divide?

5. What are the implications of the digital divide? Define

6. Define Digital divide

7. Identify 5 areas that show the existence of digital divide.






The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise



1. What are some practical ways to use search engines?

2. How can keyword research help you find the right keywords?

3. What are advanced search operators and how can they be used?

4. Why is it important to use keywords in the title of your content?

5. How can you avoid keyword stuffing?




The instructor will instruct the class on how to utilise a search engine on the internet.