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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

Friday, December 4, 1:45–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Desiree Alexander  
Matthew Hiefield  
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. Explore the relationship between innovation and inequity, and examine inequity challenges that are arising amid ongoing innovation.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
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:
Visionary Planner
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.

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

Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator. She is Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC. She holds various teaching, administrative and technology certifications, including IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer & Innovator, Apple Teacher, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert. She is a 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 2019 Customer Commitment Award Honoree from Better Business Bureau, 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers among other honors. Learn more:

Matthew Hiefield, Beaverton School District

Matt Hiefield (MAT) has 25 years of experience teaching high school Social Studies and is currently a digital curator and Social Studies TOSA for the Beaverton School District. He facilitates the District Equity Team and is passionate about digital divide issues and how the lack of home broadband internet access affects both teaching and learning. He currently serves as an ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Digital Equity PLN President, an ISTE Digital Equity PLN Editor, and as a CoSN (Consortium of School Networking) Digital Equity Advisory Council Member.

Valerie Lewis, Mountain View HS

Her belief is that critical learning possibilities should be activated NOW in order to prepare students for skills that will make them future ready to compete on a global scale! Students need to lift their voice and advocate for themselves but this skill should be modeled and taught explicitly and consistently. Lessons should be personalized and student-centered and not based upon the teacher’s ideals and comforts. In order to strengthen the team, she understands that learning MUST create IMPACT. The formula should always be ONE SIZE FITS ONE! Learning is a daring lifelong journey but ultimately TRANSFORMS.

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