How Important Is Technology In Our Everyday Lives?

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?

Works Cited

Bessette, Lee S.  “It’s About Class: Interrogating the Digital Divide.” Digital Pedagogy, n.d. Web.2 July 2012

Davidson, Cathy N. “Why Start With Pedagogy? 4 Good Reasons, 4 Good Solutions.” Digital Pedagogy Lab, n.d. Web.8 July 2015

Someone’s Educational Experience

Gloria always wanted to be a writer, but in the Apartheid South black girls only had three choices to either get married, become a maid or a teacher. She went to a segregated school called Booker T. Washington. Many black students were considered gifted and were given special treatment. Teachers were on a mission. They wanted every child to get the best education needed to make something of themselves so that they could be proud of their accomplishments. Most of the teachers had taught their parents and siblings since they all went to the same school. Everyone knew each other. Going to school there was a pleasure. Gloria loved to learn and express her feelings in class. It was a joy to attend.

After a while, racial integration occurred. Everything changed. Black students felt they weren’t as capable as white peers. “For black children, education was no longer about the practice of freedom.” (3) Gloria lost her love of school.

Education as the practice of freedom is having a teacher in a classroom that allows each individual to learn equally as much. The sense of equality allows people viewed as minorities or subordinate. To be viewed in a higher light. It should be a place for promise and possibility. A classroom should not feel like a prison or a place of punishment.

In our classrooms today we usually have wonderful open minded teachers. They support us in every way possible by having us speak as a group and having a conversation debate that establishes a sense of community and understanding.We have come a long way since the time of segregation.

I definitely agree with Hook’s vision of education mainly because she uses the term to include “critical and / or feminist perspectives that through the years included recognition of differences-those determined by class, race, sexual practice, nationality, and so on.”(9) Teaching students is a privilege and honor. As teachers, we should teach to the “Whole Child”an educator’s biggest goal is to get the children from where they are, to where they need to be. Students should not only learn the content of a lesson, but should be able to relate to those lessons within everyday life.In order for students to draw conclusions, it is crucial for them to be able to relate to the educational content.

How does a sense of community contribute to someone’s educational experience? How does being included in class discussions, for instance, help someone learn about a topic?

Besides classroom discussions, what are other methods that teachers could use to make the learning environment comfortable enough so that people feel they can speak their minds freely without judgements?

Works Cited

Bell Hooks. Teaching to Transgress. New York: Routledge, 1994



Extra Credit

If I were to design the next CUNY School, I would try to get funding from other sources. Every student would not have to pay tuition. It would be similar to Coopers Union. SAT scores would not be a factor in getting accepted. It would be a first come first serve acceptance. The first 1500 applications would be accepted. Once accepted in the school the students would take an assessment test to figure out in what class they would go: only because it would be easier to pair them with other classmates in the same range. That would give them a better learning experience. The campus would have elite standards.

My main focus at the college would be getting the students on the right track with support and knowledge. Giving them every opportunity to achieve their full potential. Teachers would be there to guide them in anyway possible. I would help get the students internships in various companies to get a feel of the work place.This will give them a better understanding of their career path. Every student will get hired after graduation.

Extra Credit

As I stared up at the massive doors in front of me, I couldn’t bring myself to move my foot forward to take that one step that would take me to the entrance of school. My first day of school was one of the most formative experiences of my life. I could remember that day so clearly in my mind as if it were today, the smell of fresh paint hitting me right as I walked in. I was holding my mother’s hand walking to the line after noticing the class number. Once we reached the line, I noticed there were a couple of children crying. At that point, I was so nervous my hand was sweating. Then I felt my mom let go of my hand telling me not to worry because she would be waiting in the hall until dismissal, which I clung to in complete belief. I suddenly noticed a very pretty lady walking toward our line. That’s when a wave of relaxation and relief came over me. She said, “Good morning, everyone,” and then went over to the children that were crying to comfort them and reassured them that we would have a good day. Once we finally reached the classroom, all of the beautiful colors popped out at me, from the toys to the cubbies and I couldn’t help feel a smile unexpectedly creep onto my face.

The comfort and reassurance displayed by my elementary school teacher shaped my career goals. I really admired the gentle gestures, and after that first day, I knew that it was the career path that I wanted to follow. Most children stay, on average, in school for about 6 hours a day, and even more if they go to after school. They often stay with their teacher more hours than with their own parents. A teacher, therefore, plays a large impact on a student’s life. If a teacher creates a comfortable environment for the child, he or she will be happy. I’ve come a long way since my kindergarten days, yet it has lead me to where I am today.