Accessible Technology Education: Empowering All Learners With 21st Century STEAM Curriculum

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Bahar Khazei  
This presentation introduces Digital Media Academy and its success in delivering high quality accessible technology education courses across the globe. Participants will get an overview of some elements in the design approach that DMA has taken on that makes technology education accessible in a wide variety of diverse classrooms.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to: first highlight some of the barriers in incorporating technology in classrooms and the curriculum, and second is to review some practices that can help with overcoming some of these barriers. These practices include different approaches to teaching and curriculum design. At the end of the presentation a few success stories from the Digital Media Academy partner schools will be reviewed and discussed.

Supporting research

Barriers to Integrating Technology. Retrieved from

Challenges and solutions when using technologies in the classroom - Arizona State University, Access through: Retrieved from

Hall, T. E., Meyer, A., & Rose, D. H. (Eds.). (2012). Universal design for learning in the classroom: Practical applications. ProQuest Ebook Central

Kelly, D. (2015). Overcoming Barriers to Classroom Technology Integration. Educational Technology, 55(2), 40-43. Retrieved from

Aagaard, J. (2017). Breaking down barriers: The ambivalent nature of technologies in the classroom. New Media & Society, 19(7), 1127-1143.

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Bahar Khazei, Digital Media Academy

Bahar Khazei is currently the K-12 partnership manager and the education lead at Digital Media Academy. She is also a certified educator in British Columbia, Canada. Her role at Digital Media Academy (DMA) allows her to work directly with DMA partner schools and help educators and school administrators better incorporate technology courses into the school curriculum. She has taught in formal and informal settings for many years and has been trained as a Montessori teacher. Her graduate research work was centred around inclusivity and curriculum design. She is passionate about working with educators across the world and improve the education experience of all students.

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