The Digital Divide plagues many school districts across the country. As I delivered homework packets during the spring of 2020 to impoverished neighborhoods, I couldn’t help but feel that internet access should be as necessary as heat and water. Yet, as a tech-savvy teacher, I believe educators have learned a lot since then about the use of technology. With proper planning, districts can successfully enhance instruction, promote digital literacy, and increase student learning opportunities.
Title 1, Medium district, Suburban, K-6
These include computers, hot spots, training, and support for students and parents is vital for student success. In our district, parents and students can check them out for short-term or long-term use.
Using technology in a classroom ensures that educators and students are ready for instantaneous remote learning. In addition, designing lessons with this in mind helps the students gain skills such as logging in to programs or platforms they would use in a remote setting.
Versatile resources will always be in demand. However, we have learned to rely on them and love the ability that students have remote access.
Classroom management may look different when working with students remotely. Technology management apps are a great way to provide opportunities for students to learn and monitor their behavior.
Parents and educators must work together for student success in a virtual learning environment. Using technology to communicate with parents is our lifeline. Therefore, getting parents on board with this concept early in the year is essential.
Teachers will need to be on their game when it comes to technology. Attending professional development sessions will stay current with trends and learn the skills necessary to reach all students.
Whether some teachers like it or not, hybrid learning may be here to stay. Having a platform that can be accessed remotely allows students to continue learning in person. This may also cut down on absenteeism.
As we bridge the DIGITAL divide, we can help students to be successful in any learning environment. Whether collaborating on a project in person or a shared document, they will have the skills necessary to contribute. We don’t know what the future holds, but students and teachers must be ready!