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Ensuring Equitable Digital Access

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About Equitable Digital Access....

In order for teachers to stay current with today’s modern technology it takes continual effort.  The rapid expansion of technology makes it almost impossible to stay ahead of the trends, whether it be Twitter or Facebook.  It is often assumed that teachers will incorporate technology in almost every lesson that is taught.  For most systems, it is an assumption the each family has access to digital equipment.  In a lot of cases the parents simply cannot afford it’s high cost.  That is one of the main reasons that we must make time each day that allows students ample time to complete assignments that need to be completed on the computer.

 

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Ensuring Equitable Digitial Access in Your Classroom 

One of the most effective ways to make sure all students get the same amount of time to use the internet and computers is to schedule times throughout the day.  Teachers should also incorporate ways to get all students involved in the use of technology by creating assignments that require digital time. Encouraging the students to communicate via email and expecting them to reply to the teacher is also a great way to get them involved in the use of technology.  By creating a class web page and allowing the students to make contributions to the page gives the students a sense of ownership. The use of a timer will assist in making sure that the student share equal time on the cumputers.

 

“For these students, the schoolhouse, the teacher, and the textbook no longer have an exclusive monopoly on knowledge, content, or even the education process, and therefore it should not be surprising that students are leveraging a wide range of learning resources, tools, applications, outside experts, and each other to create a personalized learning experience that may or may not include what is happening in the classroom."

                                   -Speak Up 2009: Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Schools,”

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Scheduling Classroom Computer Time

Managing Your Classroom Computer Center

One of the most effective ways to make sure all students get the same amount of time to use the internet and computers is to schedule times throughout the day.  Teachers should also incorporate ways to get all students involved in the use of technology by creating assignments that require digital time. Encouraging the students to communicate via email and expecting them to reply to the teacher is also a great way to get them involved in the use of technology.  By creating a class web page and allowing the students to make contributions to the page gives the students a sense of ownership. The use of a timer will assist in making sure that the student share equal time on the cumputers.

  

More Ways to Help with Computer Accessibility

  • One way to provide students with more digital time is by allowing them to bring their own personal device from home. 
  • If there are simply not enough computers, laptops, or iPads to go around, teachers can take advantage of Donorschoose.org which will help with funding.  
  • https://www.donorschoose.org
  • It is also a possibility that local businesses or individuals will donate funds to purchase digital devices so they may write that donation off as a tax deduction.

 

 

Providing Equal Digitial Learning in a World of Unequal Access

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s recent Opportunity For All , report succinctly describes the impact, both negative and positive, that technology and the lack thereof can have:

Whether it is keeping up with school assignments and tracking grades; selecting an appropriate new school; watching tutorials on how to complete a math problem… or taking advantage of educational software, games and videos—digital tools have become key components of children’s education. Because digital devices and the Internet have become so essential, digital inequality can exacerbate educational and economic inequality as well.

 

References

 

Scheduling Classroom. (2015). Scheduling classroom computer time. ProTeacher Collection. Retrieved from http://www.proteacher.org/c/730_Scheduling_Classroom_Computer_Time.html

Wolohan, S. (2016). How Teachers Can Provide Equal Learning in a World of Unequal Access - EdSurge News. [online] EdSurge. Available at: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-04-13-how-teachers-can-provide-equal-learning-in-a-world-of-unequal-access [Accessed 23 Jan. 2019].

Joanganzcooneycenter.org. (2019). Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Advancing Children's Learning in a Digital Age. [online] Available at: http://joanganzcooneycenter.org [Accessed 27 Jan. 2019].

DonorsChoose.org. (2000). DonorsChoose.org: Support a classroom. Build a future.. [online] Available at: https://www.donorschoose.org/ [Accessed 27 Jan. 2019].

YouTube. (2016). How to Set Up Your Digital Classroom for Success. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80i2-zkKypI&t=13s [Accessed 27 Jan. 2019].

Howdeshell, C. (2015). Equitable Access & Adaptive Tech. [online] YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-at0XaQymiM&t=81s [Accessed 27 Jan. 2019].

Tompich, M. (2017). Digital access for students. [online] YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS_org4Zeh4&t=13s [Accessed 27 Jan. 2019]. 

 

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