Friday, July 27, 2018

Exploring Equity and the Digital Divide in Education

Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need.” ― Rick Riordan

I recently had the opportunity to complete an Equity Course through EdTechTeam Online. I am sharing this post to reflect on the experience and to also share some of the classroom resources we created. Hopefully, there is something here that you can use.

Course Description: Digital Equity has been a major concern for many years. In the Digital Equity course, you will build an understanding of what equity is, and how it affects the community in which we work. You will explore what changes you can make to transform your teaching to make the learning more equitable for all students.

Here are some of my takeaways from the learning experience.
  • I think it is important to remember that equity needs to be more than just providing equal access to technology. Access without helping learners understand how to best use the technology leads to unintentional inequities. 
  • We need to provide richer experiences for all students when they use technology. It is not enough to just use the technology to master content. Students need to have rich experiences connected to the 4 Cs of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity when using technology. 
  • Technology should be used to bridge gaps and make connections, not to isolate students or groups. 
  • We need to not only provide access to technology, but we also need to provide differentiated training and resources to support deeper and more diverse learning experiences for students. 
  • Schools and districts need to also engage teachers in professional development connected to using EdTech in innovative and effective ways. Too many districts assume that teachers will figure out best practices and don’t have consistent supports in place for educators. 
Here are some of the resources we created to support equity in classrooms.

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