Close the Achievement Gap with Tech Equity

By on May 17, 2016

Two years ago, at the National ISTE Conference, I had the opportunity to speak about using technology as a way to close the achievement gap. During the conference, I had the pleasure of listening to Soledad O'Brien deliver a keynote address. While O’Brien spoke about equity and access, I found myself nodding in agreement after every sentence. Her inspiring words aligned perfectly with my philosophy of edtech: technology should be used to give voice to all students and to deepen and extend contexts so that students have an informed point of view.

O'Brien talked about businesses today and how 50% of employers want their potential employees to have skills like problem solving, teamwork, leadership, and collaboration. She shared her research on how technology was being used in schools and concluded that students were not getting adequate practice working in groups, engaging in teamwork activities, and leading small and large teams. She challenged all of us in the room to think about how technology could be used to build these essential workplace skills. O’Brien argued that technology should be used for more than simply researching information or plugging students into automated reading and writing programs.

Like all good conferences, ISTE made me think about my own practices and inspired me to improve what I was already doing with technology. Soledad O’Brien’s message shaped a new vision for the technology I used in my own classroom. I returned to San Diego ready to push myself to new heights.

Instructional Practice and Tech Equity

I believe in teachers and want to empower them. I want to empower teachers so they can use technology to help students develop problem solving, teamwork, and leadership skills. I want to make sure students are collaborating in person and online. When classroom laptops and mobile devices are used thoughtfully and strategically, students can learn essential skills that will help them succeed at work and in life.

This summer, LiteracyTA is offering its third annual LiteracyTA University in San Diego. Come learn about some exciting, classroom-tested strategies and activities that achieve tech equity and give all students access.

Session Topics

Tech Equity
Research equity in technology to learn how to effectively utilize machines in the classroom.

TA Wow! Assessment and Polling Tools
Explore our online TA resource and learn about new and exciting updates!

Blended Learning with Stations
Build learning routines that blend technology with collaborative groups and independent work.

Writing and Peer Review Online
Investigate activities that engage students in collaborative writing projects and online Peer Review. 

Online Portfolios
Learn the steps to building online portfolios and website-based projects.

Summer Love: Google Forms and Google Participation
Get ready for the new year with the power and flexibility of Google Forms and Google Slides.

If you cannot attend the summer session on July 19th-20th, consider inviting us to your school where we will host a LiteracyTA University on your campus.

TA Toolkit

Our TA (Teacher Assistant) Toolkit is another way we achieve equity and access. LiteracyTA makes it affordable for student and parents to access our online reading, speaking, and writing skills and resources 24/7. Contact us to learn how we do it.

Learn more about how LiteracyTA uses in-class and online collaboration to close the achievement gap.


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