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Technology & Socioeconomic Status
Transcript of Technology & Socioeconomic Status
TEDx: Chris Turnbull on "21st Century Schools"
Education Technology & Student Achievement
Bringing Our Schools into the 21st Century
The Dream of Educational Technology
& The Reality of Our Schools
While the benefits of efficiency and the results of student achievement brought about by such a "technological revolution" within our schools sounds appealing, it is little more than a dream for many teachers in low-income, urban schools where resources, funding, teacher availability, professional development, and even parent involvement are limited, and often, entirely absent.
A Brief Conversation with Students
P. Doreza, C. Hernandez-Gomez, M. Rugama
The Role of Socioeconomic Status in Education
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
I. Bringing 21st century Technology into Our Schools
II. How Education Technology Leads to Improved Student Achievement
III. The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Education
The idea occurred to me that we would not
force the children of today to use anything such as fashion or language of an older time.
Likewise, why would we inhibit the use of a tool as integral as modern technology?
THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Because of the logical basis for her argument in the video, I feel that Chris Turnbull makes a valid point with regard to use of technology in classrooms. She points out how strange it is to think we can use older technology for educating a new generation when the generational and technological gap is larger than it has ever been.
Sadly, many students are deprived of these opportunities altogether, such as in St. Anthony’s School. These children have been taught with tools of a different time and have been thrust into a modern world into which they are left to sink, because they do not even have the option to swim. Technology has outpaced them because their socioeconomic background has deprived them.
A Thought Exercise:
How Education Technology
Can Help Teachers
Evidence suggests that well-led, goal-oriented, and properly-equipped implementation of education technology leads to higher student achievement and better preparation for future participation in our digital-global world.
Because our students are "digital natives" who have been surrounded and have interacted with digital technology since infancy, some argue that they differ fundamentally and cognitively from us "digital immigrants", who have only learned and adjusted to current technologies. These differences include thinking patterns, preferences in reception of information, and collaboration strategies.
DIGITAL NATIVES VS. DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS
Education technology employs tools that students are familiar with outside of the classroom in order to:
connect them to school resources from home
enable them to receive information, test scores, grades, and feedback in a timely and comprehensive manner
ensure they will all be able to be delivered the same rigorous curriculum at their own pace
address their various educational needs
further engage them in the learning process overall
In order for education technology to achieve such high results, these basic ingredients, among others, are needed:
1. a trained lead teacher on the integration and instruction of such technology
2. strong school administrative leadership
3. adequate school space and infrastructure
4. consistent access and appropriate bandwidth for Internet
5. funding to support these technologies (e.g. maintenance, insurance, etc.)
6. parent time and access to Internet from home
How many of our schools and classrooms actually have all or enough of these components to create a productive technology-oriented education for our students?
Though equal access to education technology in our schools might help address the gross inequalities caused by poverty among our students, there will
be a divide between those who have parent guidance and access to these technologies at home and those who are left with these technologies unattended.
1. In what ways has your school failed or succeeded in providing technological resources for student academic achievement?
2. Are you in favor of or opposed to the idea of an "educational technology" classroom? What are the factors influencing your stance on this topic?
3. What is/should be our role as teachers in mitigating the negative effects of SES on our students' learning?
Thank you for viewing our presentation!
Please feel free to respond below to one of the questions we presented or comment on any facts or opinions that struck you in particular.