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Technology and the Classroom
Transcript of Technology and the Classroom
Smart Technology Potential Problems Availability/Access Technology and the Classroom Home-School Communication Vehicles of Communication Availability/Access
Technology Will Parents Take Advantage
Cultural / Language barriers
Privacy Perceived Benefits Will Parents Take Advantage? Not all households have access to the necessary technology
10% of families have NO access to a computer (Bouffard)
Only 36% of families use the Internet to communicate with schools; while 60% of teachers have used the Internet to communicate with families Proper Use Cultural/Language Barriers Many parents do not speak English at home
Some parents might not be able to read Socioeconomic Status The gap between students who have access to technology at home and those who do not
Not all families can afford the necessary technology
Not all areas have easy/affordable access to broadband Privacy Concerns Possible Solutions Access must be limited. Maximizing Communication via Technology Do You See a Problem? Reference List (CSEP Illinois State U.) (CSEP Illinois State U.) (CSEP Illinois State U.) The Digital Divide Guidelines
What is expected of the students
What should and should not be posted
Separation of personal and school life
"Advocates of social media in the classroom say that, when used properly, social media tools can boost student engagement, link students to content experts and real-world examples of classroom lessons, and help them establish an online body of work." - Jukes 2013 (Yuan-Sun, Metros) THE END 1. Chih-Yuan Sun, Jerry and Metros, Susan E. The Digital Divide and Its Impact on Academic Performance. U.S. – China Education Review. 2011. Retrieved from http://davidpublishing.org/davidpublishing/Upfile/8/24/2011/2011082471085969.pdf2.
2. School/Home Communication: Using Technology to EnhanceParental Involvement. Center for the Study of Education Policy, College of Education, Illinois State University. 2004.
3. Rogers, Reenay and Wright, Vivian H. Assessing Technology’s Role in Communication between Parents and Middle Schools. Electronic Journals for the Integration of Technology in Education, Vol. 7.
4. Bouffard, Suzanne. Tapping Into Technology: The Role of the Internet in Family-School Communication. Harvard Family Research Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education. 2008. Costs District Costs
Cost of hardware and software
Cost of IT professionals to maintain systems
Training for teachers to learn to utilize the technology
Broadband Internet access
District budgets are already strained
Not all families can afford computers with an Internet connection
Will a digital divide be created? 5. Juke. (2013). The benefits of using social media in the classroomn. Retrieved from http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/03/25/the-benefits-of-using-social-media-in-the-classroom/ Form groups of 3-4. Discuss the potential
problems / limitations with the vehicles of communication listed below. Which have you used in your classroom and why? Email
Smart Technology Access to online materials must be limited.
District policies must be developed to determine what is and what is not appropriate online content What are some possible solutions?