Equal Opportunities for Educational Justice

The application that I want to design is intended to promote educational justice and more specifically to allow people to learn world languages. As I have stated previously, this application is intended to spread equality amongst different school districts to provide the same opportunities. The mobile app will allow people to learn languages on their own that may not be offered in their area or school district. In this essay, I plan on covering that the mobility for this application is strong, the options for social interaction for users is up to the users choice, the privacy settings are high, and the accessibility will be manageable for most users.

The mobility for this application that I plan to design will be very portable because it will be available on different platforms. Not only will this app be provided on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, but it will also be available on websites. I chose to create an app as opposed to a text book so there can be updates to improve the systems. According to Goggin, “reading on mobile technology was introduced in the mid 1990’s”; however, it did not become more frequent until 2009 when iPhone and Android starting promoting this feature (Goggin 103). Goggin explained that in todays society, people use their mobile devices more frequently to read than physical books. Also, being able to have access to reading on mobile devices is a positive asset because a person can learn read anywhere they are on portable technologies. Since the app I want to design is educational, anyone can use it whenever they have access to a mobile device. They can learn in the comfort of their own home, on the subway, on break at work and ultimately wherever they desire which makes this extremely mobile.

The issue that takes places is that not everyone has access to these mobile devices and can use them anywhere they want. Also, not everyone that wants to learn a world language can afford to have an smartphone, tablet, or laptop. As I have stated in previous essays, I will be offering this application on the computer which can be accessed at libraries. Even with that option, there is always the possibility that a library may not have an available computer or may not even have one at all for public use. This can limit mobility options for users; however, looking at the bigger picture is it extremely diverse because it is offered on multiple platforms.

The application that I plan to design with also help with social interaction and especially “mobile mediality”. Mobile mediality “produces new relations between people, communities, and places” (Humphrey 495). The educational justice app will allow people to not only learn new languages, but will also allow them to communicate with people that know these languages. This can give someone the opportunity to practice their new skills and also build new bonds between people because they speak the same language and can communicate with one another.

Many applications have the option to find other people using the app and chat with them. I, on the other hand, do not plan on allowing users to contact another person through this application. This does limit social interaction via mobile technology; however, this educational justice app is intended for learning purposes only. I do not want my application to end up like Craigslist where it was originally designed to buy and sell items and now has become more dangerous with people killing those they meet up with to exchange items. If there is the option to chat with other people, it could lead to something very dangerous and completely sway from educational purposes.

Even though this application limits social interaction through mobile technology, not allowing online chats through this app also helps create more privacy for users. When first downloading the app, the user must create a username and password so they can track their progress with the languages they are learning. Unlike other apps, there will be no request to access other information on their devices or be forced to link their accounts to Facebook like Spotify. I decided upon this very private app because today, “people self monitor their online accounts and actions to maintain balance between publicity and seclusion” (Marwick 379). I do not want people to feel like they are being surveillanced by anybody in case they are insecure about their learning speed. Also, because this application is for personal development, there is no need to access anything from the user like photos kept on their phones or location for example.

Even though privacy is high, accessibility will be available but not as convenient for all users. Unlike Chipchase where she explained that “a simple mobile phone with minimal features set is the short answer”, I feel like this is not the case at all when it comes to app (Chipchase 87). There are people out there that need specific features with technology in order to use them to its fullest potential. A simple app would not be the answer because it limits people who need something more than what the application originally offers. For example, if a person does not have very good vision, they would need a the font to be larger which would be offered on this application. The issue with creating accessibility setting is that it is very hard to match everyone’s needs

There are many different kinds of disabilities in the world and it is hard to match everyone’s needs. There are even times when two people that have a condition suffer from completely different symptoms. It would be very difficult to match the needs of everyone, which is why I would choose accessibility similar to the iPhone. For example there would be settings like: font size, grayscale, speech, reduce motion, subtitles, assistive touch and the other options that the iPhone offers. This way, if a person can use their regular phone with whatever accessibility settings they need, then they can use the application.

Overall, this application is intended to teach users world languages in order to create educational justice. It will be very mobile because it is offered on mobile devices and on anything that can access the internet. It will create better social interaction and create new relationships with people who are learning the same languages. The application will also have very high privacy settings so users can only use the app for its intended purpose and they do not have to release any personal information about themselves. Finally, the app will be accessible to those who use different settings on their smartphones in order to use it to its fullest potential.


Citations

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Chipchase, J. (2009). Reducing Illiteracy as a Barrier to Mobile Communication.            In Handbook of mobile communication studies. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT                    Press.

Gerard, G. (2012). Reading After The Phone. In The mobile media reader (pp.                  103-115). New York, New York: P. Lang.

Humphreys, L. (2012): Connecting, Coordinating, Cataloguing: Communicative              Practices on Mobile Social Networks. In Journal of Broadcasting &                           Electronic Media, (pp. 493-496) London, England: Routledge

IPhone Tips. (2013, January 1). Iphone ios7 accessibility options. Retrieved from           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04_Xg0UA3Tk

Marwick, A. (2012, January 1). The Public Domain: Social Surveillance in Everyday Life. Retrieved from https://mobmedsp15.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/marwick_the-public-domain.pdf

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