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For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer | MindShift

For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer | MindShift | Baileys concepts | Scoop.it

"No device should ever be hailed as the silver bullet in "saving" education -- nor should it be completely shunned -- but when it comes to the possibility of bridging the digital divide between low-income and high-income students, devices may play a pivotal role.

ccess to the Internet connects kids to all kinds of information — and for low-income students especially, that access has the power to change their social structure by allowing them to become empowered and engaged..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:08 PM

Would providing students with access to cell phones at school improve their test scores? According to this article the answer is yes. A recent Pew report noted that there are significant differences in students access between higher and lower income schools. A study from QualCom "showed that low-income students’ test scores increased by 30 percent after they were given smartphones to access more information and instruction and to collaborate with their peers." 

What should be done to help decrease this digital divide? Below are suggestions from this post. Additional detail is provided (as are links to additional resources).

* Give students access.

* Give students prompts.

* Provide instructional objectives.

* Make yourself available.

* Invite observers to your mobile enhanced class.

* Inventory the devices.

* Use discretion.

* Use everything you have.

* Reframe productivity.

* Teach process not content.

* Value collaboration.

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Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools

Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools | Baileys concepts | Scoop.it
Once an advocate for using social media applications and cell phones in class, this English teacher has changed his stance on the kinds of technology teachers should incorporate into their instruction.

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Helena Capela's curator insight, March 16, 2013 6:02 AM

I agree with the author. To create with technology and do it creatively is more important than simply use it. Balance and know how to do it is also important.

Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, March 16, 2013 11:37 AM

Although the heading is misleading, the author has brought up some good points. Most teachers go through three phases:

 

1. Excitement to try out new technological gimmicks in the classroom.

2. Discouragement after the gimmick no longer interests the students.

3. Integration of effective technology to enhance the student's learning.

 

The comments are also a great read and echo this sentiment.

Denize Piccolotto Carvalho's curator insight, April 1, 2013 9:31 AM

Maritza Motta, César Alcon, Jimi Estrázulas e Arminda Mourão, olha só essa matéria, examtamente dentro da nossa pesquisa e com inglês Maritza Motta!

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Tenth Grade Tech Trends — Product Design

Tenth Grade Tech Trends — Product Design | Baileys concepts | Scoop.it
A few months ago, my fifteen-year-old sister told me that Snapchat was going to be the next Instagram. Many months before that she told me t…

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 15, 2013 7:28 AM

Nice insite into the world of tech savy teens.

Darren Smith's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:24 PM

An interesting example of the age gaps ever widening in technology application. However, the author has posted this online and I am reading it via Scoop-It??!!