Purposeful Inclusion and Support of Edtech LGBTQ+ Voices and Content Creators

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Listen and learn : Panel

Grace Collins  
Nancy Jo Lambert  
carrie linden  
Sabia Prescott  
Lex Y  

Focusing on underrepresented LGBTQ+ creators, this panel highlights LGBTQ+ contributions within edtech. Allies can gain perspectives on why LGBTQ+ voices are valuable and receive tools for amplifying them. Ally support can help build the K-12 education environment and build safer spaces for our LGBTQ+ educators and students.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Equity & inclusion
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and promote diversity, cultural understanding and global awareness by using digital age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents and the larger community.
For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

LGBTQ+ voices are often left out in Ed-Tech. This lack of representation results in games and technology being created and used in the educational setting that don’t reflect the LGBTQ+ youth interacting with their products. Representation is a key component in creating safe and diverse spaces. The purpose of this panel is to highlight some of the LGBTQ+ folks and educators that are currently active in creator spheres for education and the importance of their voices and perspectives. Educator and ed-tech allies will learn how to include and help amplify these important voices.


Panel with 4-5 LGBTQ+ Ed-Tech/Gamedesign industry professionals and educators:
---Panel Introduction & background explanations (5 minutes)
--Moderated panel discussion regarding (30 minutes):
1perspectives of LGBTQ+ voices in the Ed-Tech industry
2the value of LGBTQ+ representation in Ed-Tech
3benefits to LGBTQ+ educators and students of inclusion in Ed-Tech
---Audience Q&A of panelists (10 minutes)
Process (10 minutes):
---Audience discussion for implementation of allyship & inclusion in their educational spaces
--Add ideas & plans to an audience curation tool (like Padlet or Flipgrid)
Wrap up (5 minutes)

Supporting research

Bowling, Jessamyn, et al. "'It just feels right': Perceptions of the effects of community connectedness among trans individuals." PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 10, 2020, p. e0240295. Gale Academic OneFile, Accessed 7 Oct. 2020.

Gillig, Traci K., and Sheila T. Murphy. "Fostering support for LGBTQ Youth? The effects of a gay adolescent media portrayal on young viewers." International journal of communication [Online], 2016, p. 3828+. Gale Academic OneFile, Accessed 7 Oct. 2020.

Khan, Mudasar, et al. "CHALLENGES FACING LGBTQ YOUTH." Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, vol. 18, no. 3, 2017, p. 475+. Gale Academic OneFile, Accessed 7 Oct. 2020.

Proctor, Sherrie L. "Intersectionality as a Prism for Situating Social Justice at the Intersection of Marginalization and Discrimination." Communique, vol. 49, no. 1, Sept. 2020, p. 1+. Gale Academic OneFile, Accessed 7 Oct. 2020.

Pronouns, EduPrideAlliance. "Edupridealliance - Pronouns". Edupridealliance.Org, 2020, Accessed 7 Oct 2020.

Terminology, EduPrideAlliance. "Edupridealliance - Terminology". Edupridealliance.Org, 2020, Accessed 7 Oct 2020.

Wallace, Emma. "The School Library as Sanctuary Supporting Students' Social and Emotional Wellbeing." School Librarian, vol. 68, no. 3, Autumn 2020, p. 131+. Gale Academic OneFile, Accessed 7 Oct. 2020.

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Grace Collins, Snowbright Studio
Nancy Jo Lambert, High School

Nancy Jo Lambert is a Google Certified Trainer with friEdtechnology and high school teacher-librarian in Frisco, TX at Reedy High School. She is a presenter advocating for libraries by telling the story of the learning happening in her library. She holds positions in TLA, TCEA, ALA, AASL, and TASL. She was named TCEA Library Media Specialist of the Year the American Association of School Librarians Social Media Superstar Curriculum Champion in 2019. She is also a co-founder of #TeachPride and EduPrideAlliance. She is known for sharing her professional work on her library on Twitter @NancyJoLambert and her website

carrie linden, Liminal Esports
Sabia Prescott, New America

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