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April 29, 2010

How To Provide Equal Access To Quality EDU For All


    4-27-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST    

A World of Educators!

This week’s guest writer is Rich Kiker (@rkiker). In addition to writing the summary he also created the amazing word graphic above. Fabulous! Rich is a regular participant at edchat bringing both his expertise in the edtech arena and his strong dedication to education and the development of young people. See his bio at the end of the summary. 

Once again, I had my Media Technology high school students huddled around my desk to voice their opinions on #edchat via my posts.  They seemed to ignore the “six foot wide”, projected Tweetdeck display of the chat and preferred to yell at my tiny monitor.  The yelling was loud this week.  In a time when many say our kids are getting more disengaged, it was particularly invigorating to see their passion.  Their exuberance made me especially proud because of the discussion this week. 

How do we provide equal access to a quality education for all?  EdChatters rallied as usual this week with a large cache of ideas and emotions on this politically charged topic.  Furthermore, a week after we heard @chrislehmann deliver a refreshing speech at the 140 Conference – NYC, @jeffpulver himself dropped in to hear some of the ideas we were throwing around.  Here is what we came up with and shared: 

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:  

  • Great education happens because of great teachers.  However, quality resources make the job easier and engage us.
  • Community partnerships can be a powerful equalizer, but educators have to ask for the support.
  • Funding without a discrete purpose and use can easily be wasted.
  • We need more quality teachers in the schools that need them. But, how?
  • Human resources are, by far, the most important resources.
  • We all get frustrated.  However, the usual message was delivered by #edchat again.  All of us are dedicated to making it about every child, all the time.   

Here is a selection of some of the comments:  

With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye. 

@spedteacher: I think we start by acknowledging that the current lack of access is deliberate policy 

@tbfurman: Reliance on property tax builds in a poverty penalty as well as a basic inequity 

@akenuam: another problem is that we base funding on test scores, its a never ending self destructing circle 

@ShellTerrell: We start by building relationships w community & business leaders! 

@cybraryman1: It is important that teachers take their insular students out of the classroom & increase their experiences & learning 

@jpsteltz: the one common denominator for all students is the teacher…if teacher is effective, all students have access 

@lhmiles2: unfortunately for those of us in lacking schools, we end up spending our own money to make sure resources are there 

@Parentella: I live in a poorer community and am finding the gap growing between families who can afford and cannot.-Amanda 

@edtechsteve: And when talking about resources, don’t forget the most important ones- the people! And quality professional devt. 

@rliberni: I believe that every child should have the best education that is possible within their context 

@imcraddock: not sure it’s bout making us better teachers. Tools can’t do that. But they can make it easier 2 be a better teacher 

@SSNS_Teachers: Where there is a will, there is a way.. and good teachers have ” the Will” 

@bjnichols: Equity requires being a strong advocate for the students that you serve. We have rscrs because we go out & find em 

@getsweetie: Schools & Community must be willing to provide support when parents don’t provide for children as well 

@EduTechSmith: all teachers need to take pride in students of any background – they are all our future 

@daveandcori: I think it is a truly sad day when schools have to compete for funds from Feds. Quality educ should be priority and $$ based on need 

@seanbanville: must be 1000s of recyclable PCs on which teachers can instal open source, If only more teachers knew what this was

Schools that receive extra $ from gov need 2 spend it in right places.Tchrs need a seat at the table-how can we get 1?

 I’m looking at the #edchat tweets 

I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week: 

I keep hearing that more and more teachers are getting out of education before they even reach 5 years of service.  So, How can social media inspire new teachers? 

To follow the complete discussion see here  

For the stats on #edchat participation see here  

As ever, there were some great links shared: 

tbfurman: Here’s someone in Illinois doing something about equity. http://tinyurl.com/2bykus4 

rkiker:  @ShellTerrell raising funds or things like http://www.donorschoose.org/ 

EightFalls:  Sweden and Finland are the only two countries in the world that server free school lunches. http://tinyurl.com/32ep5zt 

EduTechSmith:  @rkiker http://www.sweatmonkey.org/ 

cybraryman1: Sources for free & inexpensive supplies for classrooms: http://bit.ly/4cyxFb 

tbfurman:  simple phone calls can do a lot to reduce inequity. http://tinyurl.com/248wmfd 

esolcourses:  @seanbanville @elanaleoni: @akenuam red tape can be a problem, as can.Administrative “deniability” http://bit.ly/cYAuGJ 

anderscj:  Techno Constructivist: Web 2.0 & Connectivist Learning http://bit.ly/cLGrl4 #edchat @siemens @courosa @sschwister #edubloggersalliance 

cybraryman1:  Schools need to build partnerships with business & local community. See: Open Doors: http://bit.ly/34zO7O 

web20education:  RT @DUMACORNELLUCIA: RT @ShellTerrell @Ozge I saw yours gr8 presentations for The virtual Table Conference #VRT10 #edchat http://bit.ly/5MljMZ 

DoeMiSo:  RT @DoremiGirl: Pianist Lang Lang Plays iPad in Concert Encore! http://ht.ly/1DFMx #musedchat #edchat (@digitalnative is this what you meant?) 

graingered:  @rliberni We spend2much time blamin ploitcs4 our issus/we’re srprisd when govt gets it wrng-need2 mov on@ http://tinyurl.com/ybhlrsc 

MusicEdTech:  MUST read every Bd of Ed, Admin & tech consult: RT @jimfrankel: The Other 80%: An Industry Perspective http://bit.ly/btydg0  PLZ RT! 

wmchamberlain:  @eplybon You are so right! Check this out http://bit.ly/cx1bMb There are opportunities to learn more! 

web20education:  This week was 3 gr8 conference #140CONF http://bit.ly/92UaTM  #VRT10 http://bit.ly/cRF35T   

EduTechSmith:  http://maistec.posterous.com/ – Here is where I try and share with others things i have done and implemented 

web20education:  @tomwhitby gr8 presentation in #140CONF http://bit.ly/cBOBXb 

akamrt:  If the tchrs in UK can stand up to stdzd testing & say NO! What’s stopping us? We need remind rselves to: http://twitpic.com/1inje7 

LRIM_loakvik:  RT @rliberni: The importance of reading to children http://bit.ly/9XV8lC 

EightFalls:  RT @peterflom: @EightFalls Standardized testing should be frequent, short,low-stress,and varied. We are 0 for 4. http://ow.ly/1DKzX 

web20education:  RT @nik_nik: 7 Social Media Aggregation Tools To Simplify Your Streams http://ow.ly/1DHGQ  via @socialmedia2day #edtech20 #edchat 

web20education:  #edtech20 follow this channel for #140conf http://dev.ippio.com/140conf 

Smichael920:  Great #edchat this afternoon. For a UK perspective on what’s happening here right now pls read: Assessment for who?: http://wp.me/pvUIF-3A 

graingered:  @wmchamberlain Is teaching a profession? Check out http://tinyurl.com/yjukdkw 

graingered:  Could change in ed be as simple as leading by example? … Morphic Resonance at http://tinyurl.com/yytfrh5 

shmlfc:   for @shamsensei: plight of hashtag conversations #edchat My hashtag tweets not showing up in the stream? http://j.mp/9u0446  #MissingOut 

jpsteltz:  An Argument for Project-Based Learning. I invite your thoughts and comments http://bit.ly/b3Hbem 


Rich Kiker – @rkiker
Bucks County, PA, USA
First and foremost, I am a husband and father of two children. Then, in my spare time, I am the Classrooms for the Future Coach/Media Technology Academy Chair at Palisades High School and an adjunct professor of instructional technology at Kutztown University. I am also an independent consultant leading professional development and adult learning all over Pennsylvania.  I have a BA in MIS and an MEd in Education.  My latest ventures include building an independent cyber charter for our district and building the Palisades Laptop Purchase Program for the entire Palisades community. I am currently rebuilding my wiki as a resource for all educators and learners.  Please feel free to use it and I’d love your feedback and suggestions: rkiker.wikispaces.com 

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