Jane Gould became a teacher at 40-years-old and brought with her the experience of raising two children, being a yoga teacher, preschool teacher and a journalist. Jane was born and raised in England, UK. She was taught from an early age the importance of being kind, being fair and that as well as making money, the purpose of working is to make the world a better place. How is this relevant? It is relevant when you learn about the school she works in and the final project she worked on for her Masters.
The school in which she works is 75% Latino and generally low-income. This website is about how to make sure technology is available to every child. This may sound simple on the surface, but is a lot more complex when you dig deeper.
Jane's journey on this Masters program began with Jane being a beginner with technology. She learned how to type fast when she was at school, and enjoys FB, but apart from using the computer for basic word processing, wasn't very computer savvy. But, as the mother of two teenagers who are constantly online and with starting at a school steeped in 21st century learning, knew that she quickly needed to learn, hence her doing this Masters.
Her initial focus for her Masters was researching how giving student's choice effects grit and engagement for ELLs. However, while doing this research, she discovered that without having the relevant tools, there is no point in giving students choice of what to do... So, she changed the focus of her study to looking at the effectiveness of the Bring Your Own Device program at Harvest Middle School, to ensure that every student had a device in the first place. On paper, BYOD is a fine system. But, what Jane quickly discovered is that the system has problems. Moving forward, Jane hopes to create a comprehensive system in which every child has access to the technology he or she requires in order to be successful.