Access, Equity and Emerging Trends

It is dangerously destabilizing to have half the world on the cutting edge of technology while the other half struggles on the bare edge of survival.
- Former President Bill Clinton

The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.
- Microsoft CEO Bill Balmer


Presentation/Discussion: Emerging Technologies and Implications for K-12

  • Clickers
  • Data mining/Assessment
  • Wikipedia and the Wisdom of Crowds
  • Online courses/schools
  • Cell phones
  • $199 laptops/cloud computing

Discussion: Access and Equity and TPACK

  • The Three Divides
    • Access to tech infrastructure
    • Access to tech-mediated instruction in and out of school
    • Access to culturally-sensitive tech-mediated instruction
  • Teacher empowerment - what can be done?


Assignments: (due May 13)