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The Missing Voices in EdTech

The Missing Voices in EdTech
Bringing Diversity Into EdTech

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January 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!

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“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
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
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.

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

Sample Materials & Chapters



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