Model and promote strategies for achieving equitable access to digital tools and resources and technology-related best practices for all students and teachers.
I am fortunate to work in a district that provides each student a Chromebook, so all students have equitable access to technology. However, this equity only extends to students during the school day as not all students have consistent internet access at home. At the start of the school year, I have students take this survey so I can gather information about their learning styles, interests, and home lives. One question I ask students is if they have internet access at home. This year, the responses were as follows:
Since about 16% of students said they had limited or no internet access at home this showed me that I could not assign homework that required the internet. I typically do not assign homework of any kind, but knew that my students might be required to do work that required online access in other classes. To compensate I also created the infographic below on how to use Google Apps offline in order to help bridge the equity gap. I shared this with my students and all teachers in my building.
Another way I have advocated for equitable access is by leading several workshops and training sessions on digital tools that give all students a voice. Too often class discussion and activities only allow for minimal student participation. My workshop, titled Workshop Proposal: Giving Quiet Students a Voice with Social Tools, is meant to empower educators to select digital tools that increase student involvement and require all students to be engaged learners.