Final Class (All due July 27th)


Group Social Learning Presentations

Digital Citizenship Resources

Copyright & Fair Use

Mobile in the Classroom

Podcast/Flipped PresentationsGroup 2


Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:

“Free Computers Don’t close the Rich-Poor Education Gap” by Gregory Ferenstein, TechCrunch, May 20, 2013
“Digital Divide is ‘Major Challenge’ in Teaching Low-Income Students, Survey Finds” by Betsy Isaacson, The Huffington Post, February 28, 2013
“Law, Software Fuel New Digital Divide'” by Alec MacGillis, The Baltimore Sun, Sept. 21, 2004
Black Girls Code: Crashing the Digital Gender Divide video


Post 1 response on your blog/Post an optional reflection of the course

Post in the comments section of our class blog and post at least 1 response to the discussion on equity.


It has been a privilege spending Friday nights with you all:)

Thank you for your hard work and open mindedness for learning about technology. A HUGE thanks to those who went above and beyond the assignments. Your creativity was inspiring!

Please consider me a resource for integrating technology into your future classrooms. You can reach me at my MU email, at and of course—Twitter:)

Housekeeping items:

  • Post all assignments (including the last assignment below) to your blog by midnight on July 27th (let me know if extensions are needed)
  • Keep a look out for the course evaluations (should see them in your MU E-Mail on July 28). Your feedback is extremely important to me:)
  • Check out Blackboard after July 27th. I will have all you grades posted for your review.
  • Have a wonderful summer and great school year.Prof. Steve03865b45931cb5e1b15593dad7a52569



10 thoughts on “Final Class (All due July 27th)

  1. I read the article on technology at schools in low income areas. I enjoyed everything I learned during our class, but the one thing that stuck in the back of my mind was incorporating into a classroom where students don’t have access to the internet at home. I will be working at one of those schools next year and I know that I only have 3 computers in my classroom. I know the computer lab is available, and the school is working to get ipads. I plan to incorporate technology into my class as much as possible, through the use of centers, but it will be difficult to get every student on a computer at the same time, multiple times a week. It will take creativity, and advanced planning to utilize technology as much as possible. It was interesting to see the statistics stating that only 3 percent of students in low income areas have access to computers compared to 50 in other areas.

  2. I also read the article about low income areas and technology. This is a classic as Prof. Knight said on day one about using technology for technology’s sake. If the students in the low income areas are not being motivated in a positive way, it won’t matter what technology they have, they need a strong parental influence to encourage them. The desire for education and the passion needs to be fueled from home. As teachers, I know we will give 100% to each and every student. We will be as Dr. Cassell exclaims “Be the teacher that actually cares about your students.” We will still need the parents involvement to really reach every student.

    I’ve learned so much in my two years of graduate school, but for me the most important thing I have learned and I will apply to my career is that I will never give up on any student in any of my classes. As teachers, we owe that to every student that walks into our classroom, regardless of any baggage or issues they bring with them to our classrooms.

  3. Of all the videos and articles I read this week, the one that stood out to me the most was the video on gender digital divide. More so than the race aspect of the video, I thought that the statistics provided regarding gender were astounding. Not only are students living in low income areas at a disadvantage in regards to access to computers and broadband, but girls are statistically at a larger disadvantage. I found that to be surprising in today’s world. We encourage all students (male and female) to become interested in careers that involve technology and there is such a push in schools today to incorporate technology into the curriculum. So why this difference? I think, as we have discussed in class before, it has to do with continuing stigma of gender roles in our society. I think we have come a long way, but we need to continue to encourage female students to become involved with computers & technology. Give them confidence!
    So what can I do in my classroom? I think the important thing is to understand each of my students’ needs. Learning what my students want and need is critical. There may be females that are overly confident using technology, while some male students may struggle. It is my job to understand these characteristics and create a learning environment in my classroom that allows each of my students to become successful. As we have mentioned in class before, giving them the tools to learn is key!!
    I have learned a lot in our Friday night class & have come a long way with technology. I learned new tools that will be helpful in my classroom. This class has definitely help me become a digital citizen. I will miss you all and thank you for helping me learn so much!!

  4. I thought the article about free computers not closing the rich-poor gap was interesting. The researchers seemed to say that it had no positive effect on a child’s education and that the leading factor in a successful child’s education would be the family and environment. The article itself did not really give too many specifics but I tend to disagree. Sure, children coming from low-income families will undoubtedly have a harder time going to college and completing school but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. I think children succeed because they ultimately have the drive to succeed. A privileged child may have the means to a good education, college, maybe even a guaranteed job but that doesn’t mean that the child will be successful. An underprivileged child may lack these resources but can still be successful. Regardless, I don’t see the harm in providing free technological devices to students. Yes, maybe they will spend most of their time playing online games and cruising social media sites but isn’t that building technological skills also?

    This has been a wonderful learning experience and I’ve really enjoyed this class. I will definitely take what I’ve learned this semester and implement it in my future classroom. I started out as a student not sure about using technology in the classroom but am leaving as a true believer 🙂

  5. First off, this class has been pretty great. I loved using the blog and all of the different technological services we can use in our future classrooms. Steve, you were great! I can’t wait to take all of my technological tools into the future.

    I read the article “Digital Divide is Major Challenge in Teaching Low Income Students, Survey Says.” I think it really touches on a realistic problem teachers face. Only 3% of low income students have access to internet at home. It really limits teacher’s abilities to use different tools in the classroom and for out of classroom assignments. The question I take away from this article is, “how do we bridge this gap?” Could we possibly make internet services cheaper for people who qualify for low income? I think that could really bring service to families who can not afford to pay $38 a month. Also, I think that in some of these schools that have a high population of low income students need to lower their expectations of these teachers to use a great deal of technology in the classroom. If administrators expect teachers to use these tools but most of the students do not have access to these assignments outside of class, then how can it be possible? I think this issue is unfortunately going to continue for many years to come until someone can come up with a viable solution. It is sad and hopefully we can bridge this gap in years to come!

  6. I was able to read the article on providing technology to kids who live in poor circumstances. It was so interesting to read because in reality, it really is contradicting what other sources tell us about providing technology to those students who perhaps can’t afford it at home. Many sources do say that if they are having the same access that others have at home, this should be of help to them and they would get better scores. However, I learned so much in this article I read. I really had never thought about the angle that the author is giving us in this author, but I agreed with what he shared. He explained that if students are being motivated at home to do their work, then it doesn’t matter if they have technology at home or not. Also, he explained that just as students have that access to educational games, they also have access to non educational games as well, which then equals out. Parents beliefs about education really do have an impact on students and their study habits.
    In my classroom, I would talk to my students about how important it is for them to do their homework. However, if their parents have a different mentality, it’s hard to know whether or not students are actually doing their own part at home. All I can do is do my part as an educator when they are with me and guide them as much as I can.
    Professor Knight, thank you for all of your help and knowledge you have shared with us about technology this semester. It really was helpful! Like I have said, I wasn’t in all favor of including so much technology in the classroom, but I think with the right tools and sources for both the teachers and students, there is definitely a lot you can do with it! I also still think that there should be a balance and as teachers be up to date with things around us. This way we can relate more to students and teach them more with our new sources.
    Thank you for everything, professor knight!

  7. Before starting this Computer and Technology course, I considered myself an adequate computer user. That is, I was able to use the programs that were set up by the technology directors at the schools in which I worked. When we started the course, I was excited about trying new things. The challenge was in keeping track of all those new things and when and how to use them! I was glad we tried our hands at blogging, podcasting, movie-making and all sorts of 21st century mod cons. Through it all, though, what technology I use will be dictated by the needs of my students. It will be fun trying out new tools with them, learning about the apps that they may already have mastered, showing them how to handle frustration, and asking them questions about their uses that, perhaps, may lead all of us to the discovery of something altogether different and new.

  8. I read the article on the free computers and closing the economic divide. I chose this article because of the recent BYOD in many schools. Many children dont have access to this type of technology at home, therefore, it is huge detriment to these students. The study showed that the technology really has nothing to do with it-it is really based on the family/home life for these students to succeed, which doesnt entirely shock me.

    In terms of this course- i learned so much! I have never been a technology-crazed student, or teacher ( i still have a blackberry from 2009 as my work device…) so to learn about all the different ways to incorporate technology was beneficial for me. One take away would be- HAVE THIS COURSE BE IN THE FIRST SEMESTER! There are so many things we could have utilized the entire program and incorporated for our lessons, etc. It really is silly to have this at the end, it should be the first thing we learned.

    You’re pleasant demeanor and course curriculum made this summer a joy. Thank you!

  9. Although the assignments were at times painstakingly difficult to finish, it was never the content that was difficult or dry but rather that fact that it was a summer class and going so fast. Each and every assignment called for creativity, exploring and using your imagination. I enjoyed each and every one of them. I knew before I started that I would love this class and only hoped that my professor would love technology as much as I did. I was not disappointed. Thank you so much Professor Knight for showing us the coolest videos and tools to not only use in our classrooms but for our assignments as well. I knew about Prezi and thought I was so cool, little did I know how many more presentation making softwares existed. Thank you for always being understanding, helpful and encouraging! I hope you can continue teaching this class! Thank you again! Best wishes for the up coming school year!

  10. I’ve heard quite a few people in class say that the tech class should be taught earlier in the program, and I’ve been wondering why I disagree with that. I believe that first, preservice teachers need to figure out if they’re really meant to be teachers. Learning the philosophies, the strategies, the standards, etc. is an important, fundamental step in the process of finding out how to become a good teacher. Technology is a tool that can help us express ourselves and help us draw out our students’ potentials. However, as we have seen countless times, no matter how modern or innovative the technology tool is, if the teacher’s way of teaching is boring, it won’t stimulate the students to learn or motivate them to go the extra mile.
    Also, I imagine that if I had learned about prezis and clouds and .coms earlier on, I may have put too much pressure on myself to do jazzy presentations without as much content, which probably would not have been appreciated by the professors anyway.
    But then again, different people learn in different ways, and at different times, too. I’m glad I’m not an administrator who has to juggle different schedules, classes, professors, and students.

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