Fact. The World is Digital

How do you make a model for “digital-era” education sustainable in a rural setting? I get asked different versions of that same question every week.

One of the answers – indeed, one of our zealous missions – is to get rural communities to buy into the value of “digital”.

Think about it: before we had iPads, we didn’t know that we “needed” tablets.

That’s where Apple’s marketing team is so far ahead of the competition. Today, most people living in first-world countries own a tablet, and they wouldn’t dream of turning back. Would you?

In that same vein, people living in rural communities must first understand the learning opportunities that world-class, digital-era education can deliver to them.

Until that happens, why invest in learning to drive a computer? Why bother to even ask what “Word” or “Excel” is?

Rural learners need to experience how a digital approach to enhancing their skills will improve their access to knowledge, improve their access to a “connected” world, and improve their worth in the 21st century job place. They need to see it!

I have said it before, but I will say it again: if rural people are literate in the digital lingua franca and they can drive a computer, then they have the same access to information as everyone else in the world. And that opens up opportunities that never before existed.

We must show more adult and school-aged learners in our communities the value of digital literacy.

From a point of truly understanding the value, it is difficult to turn back to what was before.

Kate (aka “Teach”)

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