My students live in the shadow of the tech industry, yet have little access to technology in their homes. While their families struggle to maintain consistent housing in the outrageous housing market of the Bay Area, my students must become proficient with technology to gain entrance to the world of wealth around them.
As students from the poorest section of the richest city in the nation, my students are keenly aware of the inequities that they face.
They are industrious, determined students, most of whom are first or second generation immigrants, trying to help their families survive in the most expensive housing market in the country. Often learning English as a second language, my students recognize the barriers they must overcome in order to gain access to the wealth they are surrounded by.
Having access to technology is essential for my students, who live in the forgotten backyard of the tech industry. While many students have access to cell phones, they still struggle to learn basic computer skills. Many students, because they lack access to computers, attempt to write their essays on their cell phones. Imagine using "Notes" to write and properly format a five page essay!
Learning skills in word processing, research, and computer literacy are integral to their future success.
Students will use these laptops for essay writing, research, and 21st century skills, such as creating web content and basic programming. In-class access to computers also means we will have information at our fingertips during classroom activities, and students will be able to critically engage with the digital world that surrounds them.
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