Availability of Technology Affecting Performance

It’s a fact that teachers everywhere face everyday;  students come from a wide range of economic backgrounds.  There is a direct correlation between this and the comfort with technology that a student has.  The following is only an abstract, but this article supports that idea, citing a “positive relationship between socio-economic background and computer experience.”

This seems like an issue that would be hard to combat being a teacher.  Parental involvement and support from home is also something that teachers grumble about.  Parents who are more involved tend to have children that are more successful students.   Books have even been written on that subject!  But parental involvement isn’t necessarily related to socio-economic status–being exposed to technology at home is.

How can help students who may not have the exposure?  “Computer anxiety” can be fought in schools only so far…

-Matt

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