In these two readings, I found many interesting points that were upsetting to a teacher according to Skallerup Bessette, whose intention is to better a student in every way possible.”It’s About Class:Interrogating the Digital Divide”is focused on technology and social networking. The teacher is explaining her experience in a school that she was working in which was in America’s poorest region in Appalachia,Kentucky. The administration of the school doesn’t feel that the internet should be a main focus on education. She let’s us believe that a lot of students don’t have computers and data plans because they can’t afford it and also if something breaks they wouldn’t be able to fix it. The truth is that students just don’t want to use their computers even if they do have access. Their understanding is that using Twitter and writing to blog will not benefit them in getting a job. According to SK,” Technology is a tool they have been taught to fear”(3). For the students it would be “better to know how to hunt, grow gardens, slaughter cows, sew quilts, fish, forage, weld, etc”(3). They have two computers in the lab that were used by students but were taken away. “The message from the university is clear, tech doesn’t or shouldn’t matter”(3). The students truly believe that social network, is still going to their local churches. They don’t understand the true advantages of learning the technology available today. Teachers are expected to get their students college-ready but it is very hard to accomplish if there is no help from the school or the students. It’s a digital divide that discourages teachers.
In the second article “Why Start With Pedagogy 4 Good Reasons, 4 Good Solutions”. This is a teacher trying to get the word out of how the internet/HASTAC and the new Futures Initiative program should be. Our goal for changing the way we teach and learn. Cathy N.Davidson is sending a message to the teachers which is the audience when pointing out her views. According to Davidson, “Start with your classroom as a place in which to model a better way”(2). She also wants the teacher to teach the students that they have the opportunity to change the world for the better of society. Give lessons that will follow them forever. We need to accomplish what we can in a classroom believing that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities. Davidson explains that “You can use as much or as little technology as you want”(3). By giving the teachers different teaching methods that will motivate some students more than others it will most likely have an impact in their learning experience.
What stands out to me the most is why technology should be used as a tool everywhere for easy access to information, but at the same time the students should be given the opportunity to express themselves in a classroom by using the methods that work for everyone. Students thoughts should be written down as soon as they come to mind. Expressing their feelings will bring out the best in people. That is why I find that in our English class a lot of students are engaged in the discussions because of the methods used. A brilliant teacher will express her ideas in a way that every student will listen and want to learn. These methods put together are to improve the ability to some children that are not able to express their feelings to their classmates and teachers.
What method would you come up with for the teachers to bring into their classrooms having the position to do so?
Do you think the Think-Pair-Share method is an adequate approach into the students involvement?
Bessette, Lee S. “It’s About Class: Interrogating the Digital Divide.” Digitalpedagogylab.com Digital Pedagogy, n.d. Web.2 July 2012
Davidson, Cathy N. “Why Start With Pedagogy? 4 Good Reasons, 4 Good Solutions.”Digitalpedagogylab.com Digital Pedagogy Lab, n.d. Web.8 July 2015