In the course of introducing and modelling responsible use of technology, it is also important not to assume a common understanding on the part of students in your class. Although student ownership and access to electronic technology has grown exponentially in recent years, there are still large numbers of students who do not have access to such technology at home or in other environments, and who do not have the same level of understanding around its use.
ETFO maintains that the use of electronic technology should be embedded in the curriculum and that there must be adequate funding for up-to-date technology for school boards to ensure equitable access for students. For many students, access to school board technology is the only access they have. It is incumbent on educators to ensure that the access that we give students within our classrooms is always equitable.
If you are alert to gaps in student access to technology in your school environment and have concerns about school use of technology further emphasizing these gaps, this is an issue to address in your program or in discussions with staff and administrators. We also encourage you to raise such issues with your local if they are not being adequately addressed in your school.
This article was written by staff in Professional Relations Services.