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Diminishing the Digital Divide: Amplifying the Voice for At-Risk Students

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 2

Joelle Massari  
How can technology amplify student voice for English language learners? Learn ways to provide depth of knowledge level 4 lessons that amplify student voice. Learn how to diminish the digital divide and provide access to technology for students in at-risk communities.

Audience: Teachers
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: Anchor.fm
Do Ink
Adobe Spark
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Digital equity
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, ESL
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Visionary Planner
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
Related exhibitors: Anchor Audio , Flipgrid

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will leave with easy to execute lessons that will amplify student voice for English Language Learners. In addition, participants will learn how to successfully acquire technology through Donors Choose to diminish the digital divide for at-risk students. Specifically, participants will learn how to do a green screen project using Do Ink, how to use Anchor.Fm to create a student-generated podcast, as well as the wealth of resources Flipgrid provides for amplifying student's voice.

For all students, but specifically English Language Learners, it is essential to provide safe opportunities to move them out of the quiet period to increase language acquisition and development.

Supporting research

Teaching Speaking to Grade School and Elementary Students
Ellen Dougherty
First published: 18 January 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118784235.eelt0870

Optimizing Elementary Education for English Language Learners
Nilufer Guler (Avila University, USA)
Release Date: January, 2018|Copyright: © 2018



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Joelle Massari, Clark County School District

Joelle Massari is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Middle Childhood Generalist focus. Teaching for over 18 years, Mrs. Massari is passionate about combining strong pedagogy with current educational technology. With experience in grades K-8 in both the public and private setting, Mrs. Massari presently teaches fourth grade in a high-risk Title One school. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Saint Joseph's University in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree from Wilkes University in Instructional Media. Mrs. Massari presents professional development sessions about technology integration as well as cooperative learning at the local, state and national level.

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