Sunday, February 6, 2011
Equal Access for All Learners
It is the responsibility of the teacher to provide equal access to the digital world to all learners in the classroom. In an "integrated" (students with exceptional educational needs and students with out such requirements) classroom, however, this may prove to be difficult. One may be tempted to go to the "lowest common denominator" method so that all students in the classroom will be able to individually perform the tasks required of them using digital tools. I think it makes more sense to use more of a self-paced, graduated method in which the tasks which are taught to the students (and for which they will be held responsible) start out at a more simple level and get more complex with each level. Students must show that they are competent in each level before being taught the next level. This way each child can progress at their own rate, and their level of educational exceptionality would not be a hindrance. The advanced students could even be used as mentors to the weaker students.