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CRT and Edtech Go Together Like PB&J: Let's Jam!

Location: W185d

Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 24, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: W185d

Blair Mishleau  
People's Choice winner. Culturally relevant teaching is proven to drive student achievement and a sense of belonging in the classroom. EdTech tools can help, particularly in showing students windows into other people’s lives and reflections of themselves. This session will highlight some quick ways to do this! Oh, and there are cookies!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Users can make a demo and/or account, if desired.
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Teacher education
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: This session seeks to help teachers better tie culturally relevant teaching to EdTech tools. These aren’t often talked about in the same setting, though EdTech can be a powerful tool to drive CRT.

Objectives: I can describe what CRT is by examining and adding to a standard definition. I can rate different EdTech tools’ potential to drive CRT in my content area by seeing examples and exploring content on my own. I can plan for several integrations of CRT in future lesson plans/curricular structures by contributing to an interactive knowledge capture document.


-3 to 5 minutes: Do-Now Before the session, a Do-Now will be on the screen [Engagement: device-based activity]. This will be in the form of a Kahoot survey or similar platform, asking folks a few questions about their current experience with CRT. This helps to differentiate the session and meets attendees' learning needs of guiding their own learning and having access to relevant content. After they are done with this, they’ll have the opportunity to ask me questions about the presentation/objectives for prizes! [Engagement: device-based activities, contests]

3 to 7 minutes: Real-time pivot, introduction to objectives I will display the data and quickly name at least one way I will intentionally pivot the session based on this data. As such, I'll have a few different "paths" pre-made so I can pivot neatly and quickly based on who is in the room. [Engagement: pivot based on feedback] We will do a quick turn-and-talk so attendees have at least one peer they know the name of. [Engagement: peer-to-peer interaction] Then, I will share who I am and have a participant share our objectives.

8 to 15 minutes: Introduction to CRT: Developing our group definition As a group, we will watch a short video defining what CRT is. Then, we will explore what CRT is based on an academic definition. We will break it apart, discuss it, and add anything else that seems relevant. [Engagement: peer-to-peer interaction, group sensemaking].

16 to 35 minutes: EdTech tools to develop CRT. I will showcase a few tools and their ability to promote CRT, as tied to our group definition. These will include Flocabulary’s Week in Rap and Newsela’s articles covering race and diverse perspectives. I will showcase a few different applications (both in my classroom and other teachers’). [Engagement: Suggestions from participants for areas to search, Kahoot polls throughout.]

36 to 55 minutes: Time to explore and find connections to your classroom Using their personal logins and/or dummy accounts, teachers will have some time to explore different EdTech tools and find connections that will apply to their students, content, etc. They will be able to fill out an interactive Google Doc broken down by content area, so they can share any learnings and easily access them post-conference. I will give out prizes to those who add great contributions. [Engagement: device-based activity, group learning, prizes].

55 to closing: Further resources and Q&A As we close out, I will pull everyone back together. I will remind folks to bookmark/email themselves the Google doc we had worked on collaboratively. This will also hold the group definition we had established for CRT!

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Blair Mishleau, Western School of Science and Technology

Blair Mishleau is the Director of Personalized Learning at Western School of Science and Technology, a 7-12 charter school in the Maryvale neighborhood of Phoenix. He is passionate about helping teachers and administrators better meet the needs of all students, while making their lives easier. He previously taught 1st-4th grade technology in Washington, DC and middle school reading in Minneapolis, MN. Email him at!

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