Impacts of Digital Learning on Lack of Learning Opportunities in Rural Communities

by Michael MacKay & Vanessa Tran

May 31st, 2020

Overview

Below you will find the deliverable for Unit 4, Activity 1. I worked with Vanessa Tran and we utilized an online application called Genially for this activity. We decided to focus on the impact of digital learning on the lack of learning opportunities in rural communities. As a K – 12 teacher that has utilized digital technology for nearly ten years, I had a lot of personal experience that I felt enriched the activity beyond the traditional academic sourcing. I attempted to ground my own experiences with the academic readings and overall consensus. Still, I ended up do some research into rural vs. urban budgeting, focusing on the per capita costs. I was quite shocked by how much more urban school’s funding went to classrooms compared to their rural counterparts.

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