I’ve read a lot lately about equitable access to technology. Not equality – equity – with regards to availability at home.
Some families have no internet, some have slow internet and some have top notch service. Some families have no computers, some have a family computer, some have own devices.
You get the point.
(Apologies – I have seen this image a hundred times and cannot verify the source)
With so many of us “flipping classrooms” and assigning content on LMS services outside of school, I wonder how inequitable we are being. Don’t get me wrong, school access to content is awesome. Class blogs, websites, cloud storage all make for great ways to share information while at school.
But what happens when we go home?
Even if every student had equitable access to technology at home – same device, same internet, same everything – there are many other factors that make homework inequitable.
Many of our students feel external pressures related to different scenarios that impact the effort, quality and amount of time they can commit to do homework. As teachers, we often punish students when they return with homework not complete.
Technology aside, consider family life. There are an infinite set of variables that differ from each household.
Family life aside, students’ skills differ – we encourage problem solvers, risk takers, critical thinkers – but no two people are the same. We all have varying abilities.
With all of these factors and variables to consider, I wonder -> is homework equitable?