Digital Democracy: Panelists will share technology-based projects for empowering marginalized populations in K-12 and adult education. Attendees will be invited to discuss uses of technology for addressing a deepening digital divide in the U.S.
Abstract: The Digital Divide has been deepening over the last 10 years. As those with power have become increasingly knowledgeable in the uses of technology for their educational work and workforce participation, a large segment of society continues to be cut off from electronic resources, learning opportunities and eventually jobs. This proposed panel presentation will share innovative and promising uses of technology to provide increased access for currently under-represented and marginalized populations. The Lead Panelist will frame the issues of digital equity and justice, and panelists will share research and findings on 1) a community-based educational center for ELL students that uses technology to build academic language and 2) the use of funds of knowledge in a preservice teaching with technology class to engage diverse students in how to use technology in culturally-responsive ways. Those who attend will be invited to add to the discussion on digital equity.