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Digital Equity and the Innovation Inequity Paradox: Unintended Consequences and Future Planning

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 24, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: 201A

Dr. Desiree Alexander   Matthew Hiefield   Wes Kriesel   Valerie Lewis  
Technology can fuel innovation, foster creativity, and create engaging learning environments. At its worst, though, poor educational technology and instruction can punish our poorest and most vulnerable students. This session will explore the relationship between innovation and inequity, and panelists will examine inequity challenges that are arising amidst ongoing innovation.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: An opening poll to see where participants are experiencing the most challenges is planned. A device will be needed to take the poll.
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Digital equity
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Innovation in our schools often fosters inequities between classrooms, schools, and districts. As we move to integrate technology and to prepare out students in meaningful ways, unexpected inequity challenges often arise. These include devices, access, and instruction. The purpose of this presentation is to focus on specific equity challenges that accompany innovation and how districts are addressing these challenges in meaningful ways.


1. Introduction of Speakers (5)
2. Outline of Problem (10)
3. Google Forms audience survey on their district's situation. (15)
4. Presentation by panelists on their schools/districts. (15)
5. Small group evaluation of innovation/inequity situations. (15)

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Dr. Desiree Alexander, Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC

Ms. Desiree Alexander, Ed.S. is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator. She is the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana and Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC. She is a 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers, 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for Louisiana, 2016 A+PEL Member of the Year, 2015 Librarian of the Year for Louisiana Librarian Association, and the 2014 Leader of the Year for Region 2 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators among other honors. Learn more: www.educatoralexander.com.

Matthew Hiefield, Beaverton School District

Matt Hiefield is a digital curriculum specialist for Beaverton School District with a passion for investigating digital equity issues. He serves as an ISTE Digital Equity PLN Leader and as a CoSN Digital Equity Advisory Council Member.

Wes Kriesel, Fullerton School District
Valerie Lewis, Mountain View HS

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