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Using Technology to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, June 26, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: 105AB

Melody McAllister  
Bringing diversity into the classroom and raising critical questions about cultural empathy is essential in today’s classroom. Educators should engage with each other to strategize about integrating these conversations about diversity into yearly curricula. I’ll introduce a technological tool that has helped to bridge the student-educator cultural gap.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Flocabulary account or free trial not necessary, but helpful. (www.flocabulary.com)
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Teacher education
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The topic of diversity can focus on many forms identifying traits and cultural background, whether that be race, class, gender or sexual orientation, but before being able to grasp the minutia, students must be introduced to the importance of celebrating diversity and striving to understand and accept ideas and/or people with different backgrounds, sets of experiences and worldviews.

As educators, we must tap into as many resources available -- including one another -- to address what it means for our students to be growing up in an incredibly diverse world. With this, comes the need to teach cultural sensitivity and empathy, and there are a number of educational technology tools that have strived to support teachers who aren’t themselves as familiar with these important topics.

What educational technology tools support our standards but are adaptable enough to resonate with students of various backgrounds?

How can educators work together to ask and answer critical questions about bridging a cultural divide?

For educators who do not share the same cultural background as the majority of their school population, how can they address this and use their willingness to learn as an asset in the learning environment?


3 to 5 minutes: As participants get settled, Kahoot survey presented on screen for them to answer about their definition of diversity, what their school demographic is, what they are looking to learn in the session etc.

5 to 14 minutes: Real-time pivot, introduction.
Display Kahoot data, speaker introduction and why this topic has resonated with a teacher from Garland, Texas

Show note from 1st-grade student: "Thank you for making me feel like I fit in and that I'm not different from anyone else."

This is the heart of the matter. A fifth grader reaching out saying she finally felt like she was as worthy as her peers. I thought, why did it take so long? The fact that she felt excluded for years is simply not okay. Fast forward to present day, we all have a chance to help a 6-year-old like this feel just as worthy as anyone else.

15 to 25 minutes: Why we’re afraid, how we can celebrate, *The importance of embracing it (especially as educators)
Show video clip and research about educators feeling hesitant about approaching this subject
-TED Talk video clip “Mellody Hobson: Color Blind or Color Brave?”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKtALHe3Y9Q&feature=youtu.be&list=PLrMqXQ2J_13tBCDSP0NwUfzy-9RtM0HAU)

-TED Talk video clip “A Tale of Two Teachers” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgtinODaW78)
Open for discussion

25 to 45 minutes: How ed tech can help naturally break down walls for people who need help in this area.
Introduce tech tools, like Flocabulary, that work to bring students closer together, help teachers address Diversity and create lessons surrounding diversity, race and equality.
-Play specific songs (Perspectives on Race, Diversity)

Supporting research


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Melody McAllister, EduMatch Publishing

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