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The Missing Voices in EdTech
Bringing Diversity Into EdTech



© 2015 | 64 pages | Corwin

Making tech decisions from a diverse space starts here!

This book offers leaders and teachers a reflective journey into diverse perspectives on technology as it is used and understood in our schools. Through step-by-step strategies and powerful vignettes, Rafranz Davis explores the deep impact inclusive EdTech conversations can have for teachers, students, women, and people of color.  Educators learn practical, step-by-step solutions to:

  • Engage students and give them a voice
  • Cultivate diverse teacher feedback
  • Encourage EdTech leadership for women and people of color

Includes real-life stories from educators. Transform the EdTech landscape and create lasting change with this one-of-a-kind book!

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.   

“Davis’s book is both a guide for administrators and edtech leaders seeking to better support student and teacher voices and an important testimony to the power of voices willing to raise the tough questions."
—Carolyn Foote, Digital Librarian
Westlake High School, Austin, Texas

“Davis powerfully addresses the human side of technology integration. She moves teachers and school leadership with her passion, while offering real solutions to the issues that arise when integrating technology. Her solutions and ideas focus on improving the discourse between teachers, students, and leadership so that they all work collaboratively in enhancing the learning environment. She also addresses ways we can encourage women and minorities to take leadership roles in the field of education technology.”
—Shelly Sanchez Terrell
Author/Founder of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers

 
Preface by Peter DeWitt
 
Introduction
 
1. Understanding Diversity
Confronting My Thinking on Diversity  
Defining Diverse Voices  
 
2. Teacher Voice in EdTech
Vignette: The Voice of the Teacher is Critical  
Barriers to Teacher Voice  
Teacher Perceptions of Technology  
Campus Leaders: Developing Teacher Tech Leaders  
Teacher Voice in Technology Professional Development  
 
3. The Student Learner Perspective
Vignette: I Want to Use My Technology  
Students Have Ideas Too  
Student Voice and EdTech  
Three Simple Solutions for Engaging Student Voice  
The Missing Voice of Students of Poverty  
Vignette: I Didn't Have a Choice But to Work Night Shift  
 
4. Beyond Pencil Skirts and High Heels: Women of EdTech
Connected Women as Serious Voices of Tech Influence  
Empowering Women Leaders Through Connected Mentors  
 
5. The Unspoken Inequity: People of Color in EdTech
Vignette: Connecting in EdTech Beyond Race  
Recognizing Expertise at the School Level  
Breaking Cultural Code: Empowering to Share  
Connecting Teachers of Color  
 
A Personal Reflection on Missing Voices

"Rafranz Davis makes a significant contribution to the discussion of diversity in the edtech environment.   The questions she raises at the end of each chapter provide food for thought for those considering how to better support “less heard” voices in edtech, from students, to women, to people of color.   In a touching vignette, she delves into ways the power of edtech has failed to support students like Hector—using technology to take the most convenient out, rather than helping him find a voice and a better future.   She asks, significantly, how edtech teachers can hear the voices of students with no access.  And most importantly, she speaks up courageously, sharing her own voice and struggles to find a sense of belonging in the edtech community.

Her book is both a guide for administrators and edtech leaders seeking to better support student and teacher voices and an important testimony to the power of voices willing to raise the tough questions."

Carolyn Foote, Digital Librarian
Westlake High School, Austin, Texas

"Rafranz Davis powerfully addresses the human side of technology integration. The reader quickly realizes Rafranz has been in the teaching trenches. She moves teachers and school leadership with her passion, while offering real solutions to the issues that arise when integrating technology. Her solutions and ideas focus on improving the discourse between teachers, students, and leadership so that they all work collaboratively in enhancing the learning environment. She also addresses ways we can encourage women and minorities to take leadership roles in the field of education technology."

Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Author/Founder of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers

"As of now there are about 20 books in the Corwin Connected Educator Series, a seemingly ever-growing set of titles masterminded by Peter DeWitt and Corwin Press. Each book is short enough to be read in one sitting, which makes the collection ideal for book studies and professional development, both during the summer and throughout the school year. Also, each paperback is authored by one or two educators who speak (and blog, tweet, etc.) with a credible voice in the world of connected education. Some of the topics include:
  • Flipped leadership
  • Tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities
  • Blogging for educators
  • Best practices for establishing a makerspace
  • Tools to connect and empower teachers

Finally, all of the authors are active on social media, and they regularly present at local conferences, which helps in bringing to life the contents of these books."

Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
Salisbury Township School District, Edutopia
Key features

This book is the first of its kind, addressing the deep need for more diversity in the EdTech space. The EdTech community has recently been criticized for its lack of diversity, and this book is an attempt to help educators see how they can include the “missing” voices in their districts: the voices of students, teachers, women, and people of color.
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Leaders will learn:

  • Simple ways to gather student and teacher feedback
  • How women have much to contribute to EdTech
  • How to encourage people of color to lead in EdTech

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Introduction


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ISBN: 9781483371870