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Using Technology to Create an Equitable Classroom

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Saturday, December 5, 8:00–9:00 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jessica Colavecchia  
Angela Messenger  
Dr. Nicole Mucica  

We will model how to create an equitable classroom that promotes higher level/critical thinking and the use of multiple resources of knowledge. We will provide examples of how to support all students with different strengths and confidence levels using technology to ensure they have opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Equity & inclusion
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to teach participants ways to implement equity-based practices in a classroom. All students need to be provided the opportunity to learn in a classroom environment that is designed with individual needs in mind. Technology and 1:1 environments provide a way to easily develop a multitude of activities that empower all students to reach his or her full potential. This is done through the use of formative and summative assessments. Participants will understand how to design lessons and assessments that meet the needs of all learners. The presenters will explain how they curated a curriculum that exposes students to multiple viewpoints and perspectives while being equitable for all. This is done by teaching students to become producers of content rather than just consumers. This approach not only deepens students understanding of learning outcomes but also allows them to take ownership of their learning. These equity-based practices in the presenters classroom have proven to be successful as they have seen an over a 40% increase over the past three years of students who have "mastered" the curriculum, thus closing the gaps in learning and reducing the disproportionality among different subgroups of students. This proves that regardless of students prior backgrounds, giving them an equitable curriculum has given all students the opportunity to experience high-levels of success.


1) What is an equitable classroom?
Participants will engage in a discussion comparing and contrasting what an equitable classroom looks like based on various pictures and videos shown. Conversation will focus on the difference between an equitable classroom and an equal classroom. The presenters will lead an opening discussion based on participants responses. (15 minutes)
2) Personal journey in creating an equitable classroom.
Presenters will go through their personal struggles/successes/finding in creating a curriculum that is equitable for all. Participants will actively participate in differentiated activities that demonstrates how to teach and learn with equity in mind (15 minutes)
3) How technology can enhance an equitable curriculum.
Time will be spent showing participants specific examples of how technology can be used to leverage a student-centered classroom based on individual student's needs to give them an equitable approach to learning. Links to all examples will be provided for attendees to browse through (30 minutes)

Supporting research

Gorski, P. (2016a). Rethinking the role of "culture" in educational equity: From cultural competence to equity literacy. Multicultural Perspectives, 18(4), 221-226

Thomas, S., Howard, N. & Schaffer, R. (2019). Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom. Portland, Oregon: ISTE.'

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Jessica Colavecchia, East Irondequoit
Angela Messenger, East Irondequoit
Dr. Nicole Mucica, East Irondequoit Central School District

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