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What’s in your students’ backpack? On information privilege and poverty

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Participate and share : Poster

Renee Isom  
Elissa Malespina  
Dr. Joyce Valenza  

The recognition of disparities in our students' level of access to both information resources and information-rich experiences is a social justice issue, a call to action. Presenters will address how we might build awareness, address information inequities, and develop strategies to close gaps--especially critical during COVID-19.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac
Participant accounts, software and other materials: We will bring our own laptops.
Topic: Equity & inclusion
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
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.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will
Identify free resources purchased by their states to support student research at all grade levels
Consider appropriate curation tools to make high-quality resources available to their learning communities
Leave with strategies for teaching nuanced and critical literacies for information and media literacy

Supporting research

Materials are gathered on this Wakelet:
We'll be sharing our backpack as well as this interactive map:
This work was inspired by Peggy McIntosh's
McIntosh, P. (1988). White privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack.

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Renee Isom, Fishers High School
Elissa Malespina, Union High School
Dr. Joyce Valenza, Rutgers University

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