A key question for this class then is what do we mean by equity and how do we get there in a “highly stratified and unequal society”? This week I’d like you to start to consider inequities in connected learning through the lens of those working towards and thinking about equity in different ways.
Read through (a selection of) the links below. Start to identify aspects of inequities that you are particularly interested in focusing on this semester. Below are a few topics to get you started along with some related readings (note that these categories are very temporal and all overlap; key issues are also missing. You are welcome to suggest your own focus and share additional resources).
On its own, access to connectivity and devices does not guarantee access to engaging educational experiences or a quality education. Without thoughtful intervention and attention to the way technology is used for learning, the digital use divide could grow even as access to technology in schools increases. – National Educational Technology Plan, U.S. Department of Education
- Smart Tech Use for Equity, Teaching Tolerance, Spring 2016
- Teachers, Teens and Social Media: Q&A with Danah Boyd, EdWeek, January 2016
- 11-year-old Jersey girl launches #1000BlackGirlBooks, Philly Voice, January 2016
Access to this participatory culture functions as a new form of the hidden curriculum, shaping which youths will succeed and which will be left behind as they enter school and the workplace. – Jenkins, Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture
- Allison, Teaching in a Movement for Justice, NWP Digital Is, February 2015
- Rose, The Meaning of Intelligence, On Being, September 2015
The hashtag went viral and sparked a broader dialogue about diversity in children’s literature. I found this hashtag valuable not only because it alerted me to an egregious example of a culturally insensitive text that helps sustain systemic racism, but also because it provided me with a wealth of reading to help me go beyond a single text and think about the larger civic issue of the lack of diverse authors/perspectives in this genre. – Nicole Mirra, #SlaveryWithASmile: How Twitter Can Raise Social Consciousness
- The Conversation I’m Tired of Not Having, An Evolving Mind, January 2016
- ‘Disrupting’ Tech’s Diversity Problem With A Code Camp For Girls Of Color, National Public Radio, August 2015
SEXUALITY AND GENDER
HeForShe wants every voice to be heard in classrooms and corner offices around the world. Everyone has a say. Everyone has a role. Every unique contribution is essential to achieving gender equality. #HeForShe, – UN Women
- “Arent There Any Poor Gay People Besides Me?”: Teaching LGBTQ issues in the rural South by Stephanie Anne Shelton, Rethinking Schools, Spring 2014
- Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A by Radio Rookies, WNYC, December 2012
YOUTH and STUDENT RIGHTS
Many DREAMers tell of becoming politicized after facing barriers to getting their education or through fighting to stop the deportation of a local community member. After finding a handful of other young people in the same boat as them, they organize a support group at first, just to share their stories in a safe space. Soon, support groups initiate an organizing arm starting with a local action, which leads to more organizing and, eventually, connection with the national movement. – How Undocumented Youth Nearly Made Their DREAMs Real in 2010, Colorlines
- The Student Bill of Rights, Student Voice
- Teaching About Children’s Rights Through the Work of Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, New York Times Learning Network, October 2014
EQUITY IN EDUCATION
… [The Philadelphia Public School Notebook] serves as an information source for educators, parents and students, and a voice for those working for quality and equity in Philadelphia’s public education system. …
- Equity: The Glossary of Educational Reform
- The Equity Line: A Blog by EdTrust
- Center for the Study of Race and Equity, University of Pennsylvania
The week ahead …
Blogging: Follow the links above to help you craft your main blog post this week. What inequities do you most deeply connect with and find yourself most passionate about thinking about this semester. In what ways does this connect to our previous readings so far, posts that others have shared, and/or your experiences as a learner as well as an educator?
Follow Others Online: While you are reading the links above, do you notice the different ways that media is being used throughout? If you didn’t notice take a look again: What hashtags are you noticing? What educators names can you click on to learn more about the? Who can you google to find them blogging or tweeting online about similar issues? What new blogs or learning forums do these resources connect you to?
This week I’d like you to start to follow others online. You can follow some educators on twitter … others mostly blog.You can often also follow organizations, or coalitions, as well as subscribe to newsletters and to stay updated … and if you use Facebook, you can follow some of them there too.
Give yourself a goal to follow at least 5 new people/places/things this week. To help each other out, add to this collective list of the URLs, @handles, and #hashtags we find.
Find 5 Friday: Remember that “Find 5” is like a game. A game with a purpose, of course, but a game none-the-less. The goal of the game is, by Friday, to compile a list of 5 things you found online that you thought were exciting, provoking, important, interesting, or funny, etc. Each week we can pick a theme:
This week find 5 things that make you think about equity (or inequity) in learning.
If you miss Friday, then post 6 things on Saturday (Seek 6 Saturday) or 7 things on Sunday (Search 7 Sunday). This game, btw, was designed by the students in ED677 Spring 2015, so just fyi in case you want to redesign or design your own – you can propose it.
Social Media Tips …
Here are the same links I previously sent about Twitter … they might be helpful in understanding how follow in that forum:
- Twitter’s Getting Started with Twitter guide
- Hashtags, Twitter Chats and TweetDeck for Education by Sue Waters
Here’s a little video I made showing how I follow online (I used a free program called Jing for this btw).
Image: Gloria Casarez mural, 12th Street Gym, Philadelphia taken by Christina Cantrill CC BY