After reading the article, I would definitely agree with her. Anyone with less experience tends to not know what all the Internet has to offer. Also, those with a lower SES (like students whose parents earned a high school diploma) may not use the Internet for anything they would consider important because getting the Internet is a luxury and not a commonplace technology. Those same people also tend to think short-term: how to get food on the table, how to pay bills, etc. Those people with a higher SES (like students whose parents earned a college degree) do not have to worry about the short term, so they can focus on long-term, like having automatic bill pay and submitting financial transactions online in order to save time for more work-related activities, for example. With everything being online, however, those that need the Internet the most don’t necessarily know how to use it, so they give up and let those that know what they’re doing take over.
This article has made me more aware of who actually uses the Internet. I may have students come into my classroom that don’t know how to use the mouse because they don’t have a computer. I may have students who don’t know how to open, close or save anything. It is important for me to make sure my students know how to use the Internet, so I need to make sure I can teach them the basics of how to use it and use it for good purposes.
The Google product that I have chosen is Google Books. As a future special educator, I know that reading will not come easy to most of my students. Glancing through the titles, I definitely found some familiar books, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid and authors like Dr. Seuss.
I have even found a section of books devoted to the library. This would be perfect for a discussion with my students on how to behave in the library.
Here is a screenshot of a couple pages from Curious George Visits the Library.
These would be some great read-aloud books and could also inspire some discussion on what the library is like for them.
I have also worked with PowToon as my Chrome app. PowToon is a video making tool that lets you add cartoon people and objects in front of a cartoon background. It was pretty easy and fun to make this short version of a video for the first day of school. I could easily add more get-to-know-you questions at the end. I could also add music or narration to this video. Either way, this is a quick version of what I could have done with this.