Using Technology to Support Diversity

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Using Technology to Support Diversity

Schools are becoming more diverse everyday. Instructors need to know who there students are and be aware of the classroom environment they create. Each student brings something different to the classroom. Instructors also have to be open-minded to all the things that could influence a student's education. It is important that instructors recognize the needs and behaviors of a wide variety of students and establish learning techniques that work best for these students.

Instructional strategies such as books on tape, highlighting, and writing templates can be greatly improved with the use of technology. Technological strategies such as digital text, talking text, online books, enhanced text, audio, and visual are all flexible options and can help in accommodation the different learning styles and capabilities of the students. These resources often allow for the editing of font type and size, colors, volume, spacing, highlighting, and overall organization. Some of these resources, as well as web resources like graphic organizers, can be used electronically or printed out on paper. Another useful tool is a word processor program. Programs like Microsoft Word and WordPerfect promote and reinforce grammar, spelling, and typing skills. Students can work at their own pace, easily review their work, and allow teachers and fellow classmates to view and comment on their work.

A diverse classroom is one filled with students that possess a wide range of skills at different levels. Some excel in reading and writing, but struggle with math. Science may be the easiest subject for a few students, but they have trouble with language and comprehension. Students with disabilities may also be present in a classroom. Some of the students prefer listening to a book, while a few other students have no trouble reading the same book on a computer. Several students need to see a math problem in front of them, as a couple of their classmates figure it out in their heads without paper and a pencil. This creates a mixtures of strengths and weaknesses, thus creating a diverse class.Instructors need to accommodate for the differences in their classroom. No Child Left Behind makes schools responsible for how all students learn and enforces that teachers allow every student access to the standard curriculum. Instructors can present tasks and course material at various levels of difficulty. They can let students work together in groups, giving student support from their peers. Teachers can also permit students to work in the way that is most effective for them part of the time, while still leaving room for challenge. Students should be given multiple options to take in information, comprehend ideas, and show what they learned. A diverse classroom calls for diverse instruction and opens the door to a variety of ways for all student to receive content, figure out their thoughts, and demonstrate their understanding.

No student is the same. Each one has their own unique way of acquiring and retaining information. Several options should be available to students in a classroom. How would you use technology in a diverse classroom?

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ReferencesDuffield, ' Wahl. (2005). What Teachers Can Do. Using Flexible Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners.


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