Diversity is more than a melting pot in the classroom. There are so many different students in our classrooms who are going through various situations that it can make the classroom sometimes a difficult place or a place of encouragement, depending on the students or teachers in the classroom. As a teacher in the classroom, my goal is to make the classroom a safe and engaging space for all of my students. Having a diverse classroom enables students to become compassionate towards others and allows them to learn about different things then just what they have learned at home.
Technology allows for students to participate in different activities and experiences in the world-wide classroom. Technology allows the classroom to become an equal playing field for students with disabilities or students who are learning English for the first time. Every student can participate via technology in various activities that can help with mastery of a standard which can turn into potential future opportunities. Technology allows for students to experience other cultures through collaboration and even become a teacher in the classroom. Technology has allowed the classroom to become a partial for the future and the classroom is going to keep on changing based on the students and teachers.
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