by Maria Marginean, Intern at the Digital Arts Experience
Google controls many aspects of our lives; we get our questions answered, receive current news and communicate using the company’s products. Google’s initiative to revolutionize education has been largely successful. Natasha Singer, a New York Times technology reporter covering digital learning as well as consumer privacy, explains, “Google has outmaneuvered Apple and Microsoft with a powerful combination of low-cost laptops, called Chromebooks, and free classroom apps” (Singer).
Some schools have integrated Google platforms into their curriculums. Lately, more schools have chosen to do this for economic reasons, cloud accessibility, and relative ease of use. With more and more schools across America incorporating Google into their daily learning environments, not being able to use the tools like Docs, Slides, Classroom, Sheets and Forms, among many other options, becomes a disadvantage. Students proficient in these tools have an advantage, especially if they are exposed earlier; in a world becoming increasingly more digital and requiring a technical understanding, curious people who understand technology have an innate head-start over those who do not.
Singer asserts, “More than half the nation’s primary- and secondary-school students — more than 30 million children — use Google education apps” (Singer). Google’s gift of good quality, reliant products that can give access to lower income students, allowing for social mobility and possibilities for many young people that otherwise might have been behind on the technological boom due to lack of resources. The internet is also a place with a lot of open curriculum generously made available institutions and universities that believe that anyone willing to learn and study should have access to a good education online. Such platforms are edX, Coursera, code.org and Codecademy. Google offers the backbone by providing storage, applications, and a browser, that holds together the abundant opportunities available on the web to everyone.
At the DAE, students are encouraged to use Google as a problem solving resource while understanding and respecting the complexities of the a digital global community. Most DAE classes & camps are based around open-source programming, so that students may take their what they’ve learned and continue from home. Ultimately, we believe that accessibility is important to creating an educated, informed and better world.
To learn more about summer camps at the Digital Arts Experience, visit thedae.com or call 914-644-8100.
Singer, Natasha. “How Google Took Over the Classroom.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 13 May 2017. Web. 20 May 2017.