This is a very interesting blog and causes reflection on the existence of the digital divide. It has been my experience that there is a great discrepancy between schools in relation to student access to digital technologies.
I know of two schools that are only a few kilometres apart yet may as well be worlds apart in terms of the available technologies. Both are state primary schools of around the same size. The first school has an amazing array of resources, from state of the art library and computer labs to classrooms where each student has an iPad that connects to the Interactive Whiteboard. Increased bandwidth and Wifi. These students access their homework using QR codes.
The second school, contains few classrooms with IWB’s, a poorly resourced library and an old computer lab in which half of the computers are regularly not working. These students rarely get to access online learning opportunities and when they do, their progress is very slow as a result of insufficient bandwidth.
This creates challenges that require novel solutions from teachers and administrators. I am happy to hear any that you can offer.
While googling using ICTs in the classroom I came across a document written by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development they call it “Digital Deck”.
“The Digital Deck provides a quick overview of the range of digital resources available to schools. It starts with an eduSTAR overview then explores other resources and methods along the ePotential continuum. Each of the 63 resources has a description, advice for getting started and classroom ideas.”
Although many of us are teaching in Queensland and will not have access to the Victorian education department log in, this document still gives you an example of many programs that are available online tody and can be incorporated into the classroom. The quick and colourful summaries are made to be user friendly. I advise everyone to take the time to look at the Digital Deck resources and think about how you can…
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