2-9-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST
I think last night’s discussion on equitable access to technology was one of the most amazing yet!! There were so many tweets it was difficult to read them at all! We certainly had a large cohort of teachers very committed to the idea of technology being at the heart of 21st century education at all levels.
The discussion addressed two main elements of equity:
Having the hardware in the first place
Making sure that all students had access to it in fairly equal measure (i.e. all teachers in the organisation used it)
Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:
The need for technology funding to be equitable – this is a very key issue
The importance of having access in school and not relying on what might be available at home
Equal opportunity should be fundamental whatever the technology available
Using mobile devices should be encouraged – most kids have them
Teaming up with businesses to get ‘old’ hardware, making more grants available, creative ways of funding
As ever, the importance of training for all teachers
Proper strategies so buying decisions are sound – the need to involve all stakeholders in this
The need to embrace technology and demonstrate how it can make a difference – take away the fear
Ensure that its use furthers learning, emphasis should remain on the how and not the need to procure
The need for fundamental educational reform to ensure equity and efficacy in learning
There were so many themes and suggestions that this list only scratches the surface!
Here is a selection of some of the comments:
@Folmerica: Basic tech needs to be provided by the schools, we can’t count on families to have access
@blairteach: This is an issue bigger than educators since equitable access & tech resources are influenced by funding
@ShellTerrell: How can we get technology into the hands of districts who cannot afford it?
@olafelch: RT @rliberni: @olafelch this is where schools can have infuence i think #edchat Wrong modal verb – “must” (Sorry!) ;o)
@karimderrick: Give them all an #itouch (or similar) and let them into the classrooms…..
@bjnichols: Labs are obsolete. We don’t go to a central place to use tech. We use it wherever, whenever.
@cybraryman1: The most effective way is to literally show school boards & administrators samples of how tech was employed to teach
@akamrt: Yes. Learning must return to center of concept of school. We are not producing employees. We are mentoring learners.
@olafelch: That’s a good reason why schools should have control of their own budgets.
@evab2001: do we really need a lot of technology to start with if Ts start with small bits & see the benefits I’m sure they’ll try it
@AlexDLWS: The more web-based tools you use, the less dependent you are on certain software and hardware. Then you can open up to open source
@UltimateTeacher: Ultimately the end goal for students is knowing how to interact with one other If you can train the person you can learn the skill.
@andycinek: Content & questioning will always remain at the core of learning, venues by which we find & learn will chnge rapidly
@esolcourses: LOL! Don’t get that one myself. Problem I sometimes get is with BOFH types who want to block sites/deny access to stuff
@mbteach: RT @blairteach: “Leading does not require a title or position. Leading merely requires a decision to lead.” @LeadToday
@AlexDLWS: Remember to use Technology as a Tool, Tech Enhances Teaching, It Doesn’t Replace Human Presence Or Knowledge Transfer
@tkraz: The price of 3 textbooks = 1 smartphone. Do we have the comparative uses to make the switch?
@rliberni: We keep coming back to this need for a cultural shift in edu
@acmcdonaldgp: The word pedagogy (to me) carries connotations of teacher centered instruction. What about Learnagogy? 🙂 #edchat Students most important
@celfoster: Agree with many – Fear is the reason – fear of: not knowing, losing control, too many to mention #edchat
@blairteach: @akamrt The longer I’m around, the more I believe it’s a control issue (even at the classroom level); many tchrs like control.
@olafelch: @msmithpds Exactly. Imagine you were banned from driving because you might have an accident.
To follow the complete discussion see here
For the stats on #edchat participation see here
As ever, there were some great links shared:
- if U’re not 1:1 perhaps schools shld help get tech 2 community groups that serve their students w/o access http://bit.ly/aNDQwV
- Dont forget to vote for a deserving school in our audio visual giveaway: http://tinyurl.com/y88ydk3
- RT @openstudy: @rliberni @ShellTerrell Identifying areas that need it is first. This org is pretty good. http://www.lpfi.org/
- @ShellTerrell it starts with the way teacher’s deliver content. http://my.sxsw.com/events/event/5074
- @ShellTerrell We have this program which has waves of great success: http://bit.ly/cH3te5
- RT @annabooklover…. have you heard proj. Hole in the Wall in India? http://bit.ly/1RLrvo
- RT @dannymaas: Valentine’s Day educational links from @2Learn2Gether http://bit.ly/52IBed
- for all of those wondering about the effects of mobile devices, take a look http://bit.ly/6GckMh
- 5 Myths about School reform by Andy Hargreaves. My notes from the 1st half of his presentation at #edchat http://bit.ly/cj2r9H
- Ensuring equitable use of tech http://bit.ly/bznCtE
- Goes to identifying. Let’s look at the data, data, data. Then figure out where and how: http://bit.ly/dkE4YC
- I think we should let the kids show their tech see http://malbell.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/daisys-powerpoint/
- This presenter will be speaking @SXSW on http://my.sxsw.com/events/event/5069
- Just watched 83 year old Bubbe say that you have to be connected or you’ll be left behind #edchat http://bit.ly/9AVPeJ
- Just why do Aussies, Brits and Italians network so much online?: According to a Neilsen report… http://bit.ly/9g7qYb
- Excellent Technical Resource for Mobile Learning: Robert Gadd, the CEO of OnPoint Digital, has… http://bit.ly/9nSkRe
- Access and integration – meeting student needs (HE) http://bit.ly/cXp7hZ
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