As we continue to churn out technological solutions and innovations to redefine the classroom a dilemma of including technology and key workforce skills while increasing the technology gap continues to present itself.
SXSWedu kicked off in Austin last week, highlighting some of the great educational technology initiatives and projects including the release of the new Amplify tablet. The tablet provides resources for students such as Common Core aligned homework help and multimedia as well
as tools for teachers and principals to improve instruction. The tablet is relatively inexpensive, a step in the right direction, yet a student still needs Internet access another expense.
As we move to such a heavily technology reliant workforce the demand for this usage in and out of the classroom is increasing. A recent study from Nielsen highlights how we are globally using our cell phones to gain information and navigate our day-to-day. While a recent Pew report examines the increasing gap in access to technology. The question remains how to continue to be innovative in instruction, include technology but also not leave an entire group of students behind based on access.