Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Technology Initiatives

Howard Besser, co-Director UCLA/Pacific Bell Initiative for 21st Century Literacies, states “Another looming digital gap between haves and have-nots is that between those who will have the resources to access digital content and those who will not”. This is why it is essential for public education to develop standards and provide digital resources to the community. Higher socioeconomic areas still service students from low-income housing and families that are on federal government relief programs. Students from these homes have difficulty keeping up academically and digitally with their more affluent classmates.

There are federal grants to implement the Universal Design for Learning program. This program provides funding to increase the usage of technology in the classroom. Students have the opportunity to check out i-pods to listen to podcasts from the teacher in order to study for tests. Teachers can use response devices in order to formatively assess students. Students create PowerPoint presentations, videos, and photo stories using laptops that are kept in the classroom. It is during these programs where  the digital divide decreases. We need to implement these strategies in every classroom in the United States.