Each year the students have greater and greater access to technology. I remember a few years ago when I wanted to do things involving computers, issues of equity and access were always an inhibiting factor for me.
If kids didn’t have the technical skills to do something, that really didn’t stop me from assigning projects that required technology. That they can learn/I can teach/we can mutually fumble through. But if they don’t have access to the technology itself, (i.e. they do not have computers) that’s an insurmountable hurdle.
Even as little as 3 years ago, I faced this at a fairly hefty clip. (I teach at a Title I school.) But this year, I didn’t have one issue of access to technology.
Cameras, computers, software programs… not a problem. Now, I am not ready to say that these things are ubiquitous in urban education… but they are available in a manner that is unprecedented for me as a teacher who is working on ways of weaving in advanced PBL into my English classroom.
After all, the more tech tools the students have access to, the more technology we can try to incorporate into the classroom.
It’s like a watershed year for me in that regard. What used to be a sticking point (i.e. some kids just did not have computer access) is now almost a non-hurdle in a way.
And next year, I only expect that the gap in access will be diminished even further.
I am literally bearing witness to the great revolution. And benefiting as well. Interesting times, indeed.