Digital equity is an important topic that merits a lot of discussion among educators. As our world becomes more and more dependent on technology, it is important to have a strategy to support students that do not necessarily have the same access to technology as others. While many people have internet access in their homes, there are still a large amount of families that do not have any internet access.
As educators, what can we do to support our students. Personally, I think there are many different methods that can be used in the classroom to give support to the students. One of the methods that can be used is to create alternate assignments. If students are taking a quiz at home for homework, print out quizzes for those students without access to the internet. Another issue to tackle is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.
Many students have their own technology, and they can bring it in to the classroom. Not all students have their own technology. One method to help combat the BYOD policy is to find a way where the school can support the students that do not have their own devices. Students that have their own devices can bring them, and students that do not have their own technology can borrow a device from the school.
Technology provides students with easier access to information. This easy access gives students more opportunity to learn. Students have information at their fingertips. Educators need to give these students devices. Students want to learn, and its up to the schools to help them.
For our Social Learning tool, my class did Kahoot!. Kahoot! is a a great way to take a quiz. The website allows the teacher to create a quiz and students can answer questions in the quiz to gain points. Kahoot! is a great way for students to take a quiz in the classroom. Kahoot! is similar to Plickers but every student needs a device for Kahoot! to work. Kahoot! has several quizzes already available for teachers to use. This makes it easier for students, because they might be able to search for a quiz on their subject matter.
Here is my flipped classroom assignment. This assignment was a difficult one for me. I have made a lot of slideshow videos in my day, but I have never created a video with animations. When I began my project, I was using Imovie. A little late in teh game, I decided I did not like the direction of my video and decided to switch.
The video seen here is an example of several slides of information and pictures about the planets in our solar system. Students will be given the opportunity to watch the video and answer a series of questions about what they learned. The quiz they will take will be through ProProfs. This website allows teachers to give their students quizzes and students have to type in their names and take a quiz. This way the teacher knows the students have watched the video, and the teacher can assess what the students have learned. This video is intended to engage students at home, and it helps give students the basic knowledge needed for the Flipped Classroom Activity. Also, it makes parents aware of what students are learning in the classroom.
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Recently, I read the report Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology— Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students.The report surveyed over 431,000 students about their digital media use. In reading the report, I found the statistics about the digital classroom very interesting. What I found interesting is the different uses students had for the different devices. For instance, more students use Chromebooks to write reports, but students used tablets to take pictures of textbook pages and learning materials. I was trying to decide the best technology device for the classroom when I started reading the report. What I learned was that the devices can be used for different activities.
It is hard to believe that any school system will be able to allocate the money to give each student all of these devices. The implications for this made me wonder what device would be best for my own classroom. To determine the best device for my education style, I looked at a number of different activities and data. Overall, I think the best device for my classroom would be a Chromebook.
Based on the data, students use the Chromebooks to write reports, take notes, read the textbook, and take online tests. From my own experience, I have seen students use the Chromebooks to participate in collaboration. Collaboration is an important aspect of my teaching philosophy. Students learn from the teacher, but they also learn from each other. They will be expected to collaborate all the time in the working world; therefore, it is essential for students to gain collaboration skills early in life.
My activities will involve students creating papers and powerpoints together. They will need to use the Chromebooks to gather information on a learning topic. The only way to adequately perform this method with technology is through the Google Apps on a Chromebook.
While I do not think there is a “one size fits all” device, I do think there is a device that would be better for my classroom. In my future career, I would hope that we would have some access to all the devices listed in the report. Technology in the classroom is important, and students need to learn about technology in different devices and how they can use them appropriately in the future.
The Ted Talk The History of Our World in 18 Minutes was an exhilarating and amazing explanation of how the world was created. David Christian talked about how the world was created and continued on to the history of today. The word that he used throughout the video was “complexity.” The world has been nothing less than complex from the moment the world was created. Everything in the world is build up of something small to make some complex organism, feature, or substance.
When i first saw the description of the video, I thought the talk would center around the history of human events in the world, but the talk focused mainly on the creation of the world and the biological makeup of life in the world. Every time I listen to a TED talk, I am invigorated. Each TED talk story has a way of captivating its audience. David Christian’s talk is no let down.
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From an education standpoint, this TED talk would be a great example for showing students where they came from and how everything is connected. Another word Christian used throughout the talk was “information.” From the start of DNA, information was compounded and the information was used to create something better. DNA changed over time, and it became more complex as it gained more information about how to make organisms better.
The talk went on to talk about collective learning. Ultimately, this was the most important part of the talk. The world will only continue to grow as long as population are working and learning together. Learning has developed into a worldwide activity. Every human is helping every other human continue to learn and grow. As teachers, we need to help teach using collective learning. Students should have activities where they work together to learn as community. The only way our civilizations to grow is to stay connected and continue to gather information.