Unpack the difference between digital access and digital equity and also learn about actionable ways to improve digital equity in your classrooms and schools.
Equity and access have always been concerns in education. These concerns were amplified when schools needed to shift delivery models during the pandemic. Some schools already had digital devices for all students, and some even had staff who were trained to deliver virtual instruction. However, many districts did not have these benefits. When schools were located in already under-supported districts, inequities and access concerns were amplified.
Now that schools are back to teaching and learning in person, it’s important to remember the inequities we’ve seen during the pandemic. What did you see in your district? Was their equity of access to technology, a learning space suited for learning, and a teacher who was confident leveraging the technology and resources available? Download the guiding questions and try to answer them as you work through these resources. Use the podcasts and articles to stimulate conversation with your colleagues. These experiences can be especially powerful when you work through them as a team and both immediately and frequently discuss when questions and challenges arise. Of course, don’t forget to also celebrate your successes.
#84 – Authentic Demonstration of Student Knowledge: Helping Students Share Their Stories Authentically to Validate Their Voices
To increase student ownership in learning we need to provide students with meaningful and authentic “voice and choice.” But what does this really mean? How do we implement it?
Make Virtual Learning Accessible
Explore ways teachers can make learning experiences more equitable by improving accessibility.
Design for Accessibility With the Universal Design for Learning Process
Discover how to create a more accessible virtual learning environment by making your content ADA compliant and designing with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) process.
Empower Students With Accessibility Tools
Explore strategies and tools like text to speech, translation services, and closed captioning that can make content more accessible to your students.
Extend Your Learning
- Tapping Into Creativity and Choice: Student Agency for Powerful Learning: Discover three supports you can use to empower your students to own the learning process.
- Using Technology to Amplify Student Voice: Discover practical strategies for implementing technology meaningfully into the classroom to help students share their voice.
- Develop Global Classroom Collaborators: Connect Your Students to Classrooms Around the World: Explore how to connect your students to classroom around the world to help them become effective global collaborators.
- Invite Virtual Guest Speakers to Engage and Inspire Students: Explore how to invite virtual guest speakers to engage and inspire your students.
- Leverage Virtual Field Trips to Engage Students in Authentic Learning Experiences: Explore how to leverage virtual field trips to engage students in authentic learning experiences.
- Breaking Down Stereotypes in the PE Classroom: Listen to a PE teacher’s story of becoming a leading voice in strength training and conditioning as well as technology integration in the physical education classroom.
- Develop Your Students’ Digital Organizational Skills: Study Spaces, Routines, and Time Management: Discover strategies and digital tools that students can use to develop their digital organizational skills.
- Increasing Black Leaders’ Opportunities to Serve as Superintendents and School Leaders (podcast episode)
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