All for one and one for all

This week’s debate was excellent.

The first debate topic was technology is a force for equity in society.  Both teams did a great job in presenting their arguments.

To echo the other blogs posts that I’ve read, I believe that, when every student has technology, the technology is more than a force for equity, it is a game changer, maybe even a life changer.

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When technology is available, as the agree side mentioned, it had long lasting and far reaching benefits.

Google read and write, speech to text, assistive technology, even advancements in medicine! All amazing things.

But let’s go back to the beginning of this argument, “when technology is available.”

When technology is not available, it widens the gap between those who have and those who have not.

We can see this easily in classrooms when some students have technology and others do not. This gap can get bigger at home and bigger between social classes, cities, provinces, and countries.

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One of the biggest arguments against technology in the classroom is that it does not always work: the laptops aren’t charged, the internet isn’t working, the projector won’t display, etc. I find that the “technology isn’t always available” is another excuse for people who aren’t big on technology.

As I’ve said before, I think it is important to teach technology to everyone, to not be afraid of technology, because not only is it the future, it has power.  The fact that it has the capability of creating equity means that we as teachers need to teach our students how to use the technology in the proper way.

I feel like this entire argument is very cyclical. Technology might make things equitable. However, not having technology means that it’s not equitable. If only we had more technology?

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One thought on “All for one and one for all

  1. Great post! I’m 100% with you on the “When technology is available” issue, and think that it’s one of the biggest obstacles to meaningful use of technology. Is ed tech really that much of a game changer though? I have found that it is a useful tool, but I have not found that it has had a transformative impact on my teaching. I’m wondering, though, if that is because the integration of tech has only been, as a result of lack of devices, sporadic.

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