Our Homework System includes questions in the form of graphs, choice matrices, fill-in-the-blank, image and graph labeling, and more.You can manage Flat World Homework through your institution’s Learning Management System or use the interface as a stand-alone system.The use of technology is growing in schools, but we’re missing critical opportunities if technology isn’t being used to close the pernicious achievement gaps between students of color and their white peers and between low-income students and their more affluent peers.
Our Homework System includes questions in the form of graphs, choice matrices, fill-in-the-blank, image and graph labeling, and more.You can manage Flat World Homework through your institution’s Learning Management System or use the interface as a stand-alone system.
As a computer scientist and a former middle-school math teacher, I believe strongly that we can marry the promise of new technology and evidence-based instructional practices to address inequities in our public school system.
One area where this can happen now, if schools take the right steps, is with online homework tools.
According to the Pew Research Center, 17 percent of teens can’t always finish their homework because they don’t have reliable access to a computer or the internet.
Simply put, we must ensure equal access to technology if we’re going to use it in schools — something that hasn’t always happened in public education.
The good news is that more organizations today are devoting efforts to giving underrepresented groups greater access than in the past, according to a new report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association.
The report highlights a number of steps that states are taking, including creating one-to-one laptop programs, increasing statewide broadband networks and making Wi-Fi hotspots more readily available.
Youth from low-income homes often lack access to reliable technology and the internet at home.
So giving out online assignments may require students without a computer or internet access at home to stay after school or visit a library to complete web-based assignments, which may not always be possible.
Related: The ‘dirty secret’ about educational innovation The National Center for Education Statistics reports that Native American/Alaskan and black students have the lowest rates of internet access at home.
As individual schools and districts consider digital policies and practices, it makes sense for them to take note of which students lack access to a laptop at home and prioritize getting those students a computer.