High school teacher launches campaign to close classroom's 'digital gap'

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Crestview High School history teacher Dana Baum demonstrates a digital classroom's capabilities.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 02:51 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Crestview High School teacher Dana Baum's advanced placement European history students could share classroom screen time as they search for, find and compare answers and information.

They could take tests on smart phones and tablet computers, with Baum monitoring in real time. Grades could be instantaneously delivered digitally. Problem material could be flagged for further teaching.

If Baum were out sick, as she was early last week, her students could call up her lessons and proceed without her.

Students could do all these things and more if each had a smart phone or iPad.

But just six out of 20 students in the class do.

Fundraising for technology

"I cannot utilize half of the resources I have because of limited access by the students," Baum said. "Working with technology should not be a once-in-a-while opportunity; it should be common."



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