The Missing Voices in EdTech: Bringing Diversity Into EdTech

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Rafranz Davis

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    Preface

    Welcome to the Corwin Connected Educators Series.

    Last year, Ariel Price, Arnis Burvikovs, and I assembled a great list of authors for the Fall 2014 books in the Corwin Connected Educators Series. As leaders in their field of connected education, they all provided practical, short books that helped educators around the world find new ways to connect. The books in the Spring 2015 season will be equally as beneficial for educators.

    We have all seen momentous changes for educators. States debate the use of the Common Core State Standards, and teachers and leaders still question the use of technology, while some of their students have to disconnect and leave it at home because educators do not know how to control learning on devices. Many of the Series authors worked in schools where they were sometimes the only ones trying to encourage use of technology tools at the same time their colleagues tried to ban it. Through their PLNs they were able to find others who were trying to push the envelope.

    This spring, we have a list of authors who are known for pushing the envelope. Some are people who wrote books for the Fall 2014 season, while others are brand new to the series. What they have in common is that they see a different type of school for students, and they write about ideas that all schools should be practicing now.

    Rafranz Davis discusses The Missing Voices in EdTech. She looks at and discusses how we need to bring more diverse voices to the connected world because those voices will enrich how we learn and the way we think. Starr Sackstein, a teacher in New York City writes about blogging for reflection in her book Blogging for Educators. Twitter powerhouse Steven W. Anderson returns to the Series to bring us Content Curation, as do the very engaging Joseph M. Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis with their new book, Principal Professional Development. Mark Barnes rounds out the comeback authors with his book on 5 Skills for the Global Learner. Thomas C. Murray and Jeffrey Zoul bring a very practical “how to” for teachers and leaders in their book Leading Professional Learning and Makerspaces extraordinaire Laura Fleming brings her expertise with Worlds of Making.

    I am insanely excited about this book series. As a former principal I know time is in short supply, and teachers and leaders need something they can read today and put into practice tomorrow. That is the exciting piece about technology; it can help enhance your practices by providing you with new ideas and helping you connect with educators around the world.

    The books can be read in any order, and each will provide information on the tools that will keep us current in the digital age. We also look forward to continuing the series with more books from experts on connectedness.

    As Michael Fullan has been saying for many years, technology is not the right driver, good pedagogy is, and the books in this series focus on practices that will lead to good pedagogy in our digital age. To assist readers in their connected experience, we have created the Corwin Connected Educators companion website where readers can connect with the authors and find resources to help further their experience. The website can be found atwww.corwin.com/connectededucators. It is our hope that we can meet you where you are in your digital journey, and bring you up to the next level.

    Peter DeWitt, EdD @PeterMDeWitt

    About the Author

    Rafranz Davis is an instructional technology specialist for a Dallas/Fort Worth area school district. As an advocate for passion-based learning, Rafranz uses her experience as a secondary math educator to help teachers integrate technology using innovative teaching strategies aimed at empowering students to be autonomous learners. As a writer and speaker, Davis frequently draws upon her background as a parent and woman of color to offer ideas and insight into how technology can be used in schools to not only break barriers but to provide opportunities and instruments for diverse learners’ voices.

    Acknowledgements

    I dedicate this book to my parents, James A. Davis, Jr. and Beverly Davis, for always pushing me to proudly use my own voice.

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