As we can see, from the first article “it’s about class” by Lee Skallerup Bessette, the biggest issue with new digital divide is that the students from poor regions don’t want to use technology for their study. They can’t afford the data plan, the technology, the required software or internet access. It’s truth that these stuffs are expensive for many families. Other reason is that students are discouraged from using technology at home, and some schools take no count of it because technology is just a tool that they use to impose the banking concept of education on students, “The message from the university is clear, tech doesn’t or shouldn’t matter”. The author tried hard to get students use the technology for their class, but finally she realize that, “One of the reasons they disdain the technology is because many of them don’t see how it will help them get a job in their low-tech worlds”. Students don’t understand the advantage of using technology for learning.
In another article “Why Start With Pedagogy? 4 Good Reasons, 4 Good Solutions” by Cathy N. Davidson, as she mentioned, education is free and controllable, teachers can change how to teach and how their students going to learn withing their control and make a difference in their students. She showed 4 ways that teachers can make a simply change in class and “You can use as much or as little technology as you want”. For example, if you let everybody put their hand up when you are asking a question, it will helps them be more concentrate on class cause they know they cannot hide behind their shame. Also, things like question stacking and the exit ticket are useful for learning. They can turn the any class into a student-centered, engaged class.
From my opinion, I prefer the 4 ways for leaning from Davidson. The purpose of education is to help students to be successful, “rather than despair about the things too big to change”, maybe without using technology, just change from the little things that you can change, then these little things can bring a big different.
- Do you think technology is really necessary in class today?
- Do you think the ways as Davidson mentioned in her article, like, “everyone raise your hand”, “question stacking” “the exit ticket” are useful for you?
Bessette, Lee S. “It’s About Class: Interrogating the Digital Divide.”
Digitalpedagogylab.com. Digital Pedagogy Lab, 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