Making tech decisions from a diverse space starts here! The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. This book offers a reflective journey into diverse perspectives on technology as it is understood in our schools. Through step-by-step strategies and powerful vignettes, Davis explores the impact inclusive EdTech conversations can have for teachers, students, women, and people of color. Solutions-based reflections help educators: • Engage students and give them a voice • Gather student and teacher feedback • Encourage leadership for women and people of color 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 other books in this series, visit the ...
Chapter 2: Teacher Voice in EdTech
Teacher Voice in EdTech
A few years ago, my district technology department decided to standardize every classroom with a specific learning management system (LMS). It was a platform made available through our Web-filtering service, which also correlated to our active directory. This meant that student log-ins were pre-created to match their school log-ins, and creating classes was just as simple. While this sounded good on paper, the system had major flaws in terms of accessibility. At a time when we were beginning to embrace the idea of connectedness, the district-chosen system seemed to be more about shielding learners than providing them access to the world.
Many of the teachers and students in our school were actually using a different platform that had ...