The Internet has been transforming pre- and in-service development of professional educators. Educators are expected to use digital technologies for numerous professional purposes, including individual and collaborative research aimed at improving classroom practice.
Additionally, equitable access to high-quality education is a key contemporary social issue as education remains the dominant pathway to social mobility. This is increasingly salient as more and more educational experiences, especially for historically marginalized learners, take place online and the quality of those experiences have not been well evaluated.
This assignment asks learners to analyze the quality and the accessibility of educational websites in terms of their benefit to classroom practice and their potential to support historically marginalized learners. This assignment has several major goals. These goals are consistent with various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy:
· Illustrate the structure of an educational website and identify ways in which it can support historically marginalized learners. (Applying)
· Judge the quality of sites that can support teacher professional development, expertise, and ability to support historically marginalized learners. (Evaluating)
· Explain how teachers can use the website as producers of research that can be shown to support historically marginalized learners. (Analysis and Creating)
· Describe how education theory influences the tools and resources offered on the website, and how that can support historically marginalized learners. (Evaluating)
You should select a website for this assignment that you think would help advance your growth and expertise as a professional educator. Please select one site from the list located at the end of this assignment.