My students need to use Chromebooks to participate in student-directed STEM activities.
My students come from diverse backgrounds. Our school often has the greatest ethnic diversity of all the schools in the state. The majority of them receive free or reduced lunch. The school, especially the science department is very technology poor. There are 30 Chromebooks on a cart to share among 18+ teachers. Our students do not have readily assessable technology that allows them to engage in the STEM practices as they should.
My students need access to technology as a tool today so they will be prepared for tomorrow.
Each year an increasing number of my students are coming into class with personal laptops to use. Although this is great, it also has the effect of further separating achievement possibilities of those that have the technology from those that do not. This leaves a large portion of students who do not have the ability to personally access the resources they need.
The Next Generation Science Standards allows students to learn and study science while applying the ideas to real-world phenomena. Ideally, they will do this while using a three-dimensional learning process. This process involves focusing on the following three dimensions: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Cross-Cutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices.
This three-dimensional process really opens up the possibilities of creating STEM lessons and activities.
It also allows us as the teacher to develop activities that are much less teacher directed and more student directed. They can apply their learning in differentiated ways. They can make choices in how they learn as well as how they will demonstrate proficiency.
A missing key element in the classroom is access to technology. I am slowly working on getting a full class set of Chromebooks so all of my students will have the appropriate technology to use as a tool in this 21st-century environment. We are a Google school without enough device for all of our students. This Chromebook will be used by one student in each of my five classes on an almost daily basis. They will use the computer to view and create simulations, do research, access assignments and a myriad of other uses.
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