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  • 1. Topic: Access <ul><li>Focus question: How does access to technology affect a student’s academic achievement? </li></ul>
  • 2. Consider the following: <ul><li>Henry County Schools recently surveyed its students and found that 80% have regular access to a computer and the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>As of 2/5/11, Georgia’s current unemployment rate is 10.2%. </li></ul>
  • 3. Please read the following article: <ul><li>“ The Digital Divide: Where We Are” by Norris Dickard and Diana Schneider </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.edutopia.org/digital-divide-where-we-are-today </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>Do you agree with the following statement from the article? </li></ul><ul><li>“… the implied message of this latest release is that the digital divide is no longer a major concern.” </li></ul>
  • 5. Questions to consider: <ul><li>Is lack of access to technology an issue for this student? </li></ul><ul><li>How is it negatively impacting the student? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some possible ways to help resolve this situation? </li></ul>
  • 6. Scenario 1: <ul><li>Janie is attending school under the auspices of the McKinney-Vento Act. Ms. Hightower, her science teacher, frequently assigns projects that require research from internet sources. Janie does not have a computer or internet access outside of school. Ms. Hightower sends Janie to the school media center on occasion to work on these projects. However, this does not provide enough access or time. As a result, Janie does not turn in the projects. Her grade in science is suffering. Janie’s mom cannot take her to the public library because of her work schedule. </li></ul>
  • 7. Scenario 2: <ul><li>Mr. Charles is a high school math teacher. Whenever students are absent and request missed notes or assignments, Mr. Charles tells them to access his site on the school webpage and print out the missed materials. Mr. Charles updates his website on a daily basis, including PDF copies of class notes, activities, and worksheets. He only gives out hard copies of quizzes and tests. When students complain to Mr. Charles that they don’t have a computer at home to get the missed work, he reminds them that students may access the internet in the school library and print for $.25/page. </li></ul>
  • 8. Scenario 3: <ul><li>Mrs. Livingston is a kindergarten teacher. She sends home frequent communication to her students’ parents because she knows they enjoy being involved in the classroom and school community. Her communication is in the form of an email newsletter that she sends to parents on a weekly basis. The newsletter is also featured on the front page of the school’s website and on Mrs. Livingston’s webpage as well. A parent complains that she is not getting any information about an upcoming field trip that was featured in Mrs. Livingston’s newsletter. This parent states that she does not have a computer in her home because she does not want her children exposed to the internet. </li></ul>

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