Wobbling about Equity

I am constantly trying to incorporate more technology into my teaching practice, both from a teacher standpoint and a student standpoint. By that, I mean that I try to incorporate technology into the way that I deliver my instruction to make it more engaging and interesting, but I also try to incorporate technology into the activities that I ask my students to complete. However, in my classroom, there seems to be a gap between students who spend a ton of time at home on computers/tablets and students who seem to spend barely any time at home on computers/tablets. I feel as though there is a bit of an equity battle here, in that some students come into my tech-based activities with a wealth of knowledge, able to navigate the internet swiftly, while other students are barely able to open the internet browser by themselves. I am interested in looking into this equity gap. In the form of an inquiry question, this could look something like: Does exposure to technology at home impact a child’s success with in-class technology based activities? I could conduct a baseline survey to determine how much time students spend at home on technology and then venture into giving them an in-school technology task to complete with minimal instruction. I could collect data about the students who are able to successfully complete the task and the students who are not able to, and I could possibly record the amount of times they ask for help and compare that to the baseline survey results. This could help me in my teaching practice as it might cause me to spend more time with a small group of students teaching them basic computer skills to level the playing field and close that equity gap.

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