This being my second or third post mentioning the usefulness of Padlet shows that it was something I used MANY of times throughout the pandemic. It was just one tool, but I, as the designer, used it in a variety of ways. My son used something similar to Padlet to submit his homework and I noticed he was getting so frustrated one time with it. I read a note he wrote the teacher where he asked, "can I just do it on paper and send you a picture?" It reminds me that even approaching platforms with a Universal Design Lens, that sometimes students just want to answer going back to the basics with paper and pencil. And considering that even standardized testing has moved to be virtual, how do students that express themselves in different ways handle the constricts of a screen? "Scrap paper" was so important to me during standardized testing so how does that look like for space for students to practice and process online in these tests. Studies have shown "that children from low-income families, English language learners, and students with disabilities were disproportionately harmed by switching to online tests (Terada, 2020)." The larger, systematic question is how to we bridge this gap? Can we as parents request for a paper option for our children? We must be adaptable in our design skills to consider what educational institutions need to focus on: online practice tests, computer literacy skills, using a form of scrap paper on the computer, etc.
Padlet with a Universal Design Lens
Terada, Y. (2020, July 8). On Standardized Tests, Students Face an ‘Online Penalty’. Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/article/standardized-tests-students-face-online-penalty
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