Digital Inequality Assignment

Learning about digital inequality was very informative.  The digital divide is not something I have thought much about because where I grew up everyone I knew had computers and access to the Internet.  Being a teacher, I have seen students who do not have the Internet or computers at home and the struggles they face to keep up with the technology.  Being more aware of the digital inequality in my own school will greatly help my instruction.  When using technology in the classroom, I know that some students may understand the technology more quickly if they have it at home.  Knowing this allows me to meet the needs of all students when using technology in the classroom.

The seven options we were given to explore digital inequality really helped break down the possibilities for how the digital divide can be fixed.  We discovered that providing low cost or free Internet would most likely be the best solution to bridge the gap because it would cover two of the main reasons for digital inequality—availability and accessibility.  Providing training to students about the technology could cover literacy, another reason for the digital divide. Students of the 21st century have to have access to technology to keep up with their education.  By not having access to the Internet, they are shut off from endless resources that other students have at their fingertips.  My focus was creating free educational content for all which I found would not be the most economical use of funds because if students don’t have access to the internet they can’t view the content.  This issues of access and availability need to be addressed before creating new content.

Collaborating with the gamma group was a fun experience.  I had never been a part of a group meeting using Blackboard Collaborate’s Elluminate, and it was great how we could view the project together and discuss the seven options and goals for the presentations.  I definitely want to learn more about Elluminate and how to use all the components of the program to conduct meetings.  It was also very informative hearing the different opinions on digital inequality.  Our group used Google form to discuss meeting times, Google docs to collect research, and Google presentation to complete the assignment.  It was helpful gaining experience with all these programs.

Through the development of our presentation we utilized many technologies as mentioned above.  This project required us to manage resources to create an effective presentation. This artifact aligns with AECT standards 2.4, 3.2, 3.4, and 4.2.

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Horizon Report Tech Trend

This lesson plan teaches students how to use Garageband to create a podcast about the life of an American Composer.  As discussed in the Horizon report, mobile apps and tablet computing is a fast growing trend in education.  I designed this lesson to utilize popular music apps and iPads so that students would gain valuable experience with this emerging technology.

I believe the students will benefit in multiple ways from completing this lesson.  They can apply the knowledge gained to create other podcasts on topics of their choice or future classroom assignments.  They also will be learning about American music history through a way that they can relate to as a 21st century learner.  Podcasting creates a fun twist on a research assignment and the students are more likely to remember the information because they are more actively involved and engaged when modern technology is being used.

This lesson directly applies to AECT standards 1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, and 4.4 because students will be designing a podcast which requires them to utilize audiovisual technologies (iPad) and manage researched information.  From this assignment, I learned how to use Scribd, embed a document, and received more practice using google docs (I usually use Word for writing documents).  In preparing for writing the lesson, I learned a lot about the Garageband app because I had to make sure everything I wanted the students to do would actually be possible using the mobile version.  The more I learn about Garageband the more amazed I am about the capabilities of the app and its seemingly infinite uses for teaching music.  I plan to teach this lesson this school year, and I am really looking forward to it!

Introduction Video

This video was created using iMovie.  It was my first time using iMovie, and I learned a lot about how to edit video footage, how to insert pictures and music, and how to adjust audio levels. I enjoyed exploring the program, and I will definitely be using my newly acquired knowledge on future projects.

Learning Log Assignment

Write up a brief reflection about creating a learning log and how it aligns with the AECT Standard.

Remember, you can easily transform your WordPress learning log into your final showcase portfolio. This process is a performance indicator for Standard 2: Development, with the sub-standard 2.0.7 “Contribute to a professional portfolio by developing and selecting a variety of productions for inclusion in the portfolio” as well as Standard 4.4: Information Management.

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