Several years ago, I was in Africa with teachers from places that were just pinpoints on the globe to me. There were participants from Argentina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Latvia, Macedonia, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa, Ukraine, and more.
I have been working in educational technology for a long time. I was a teacher who discovered the magic of using technology, and so please know my stance is not political -- unless you think only in red and blue.
Two years ago, my middle school bought six iPods. I was a little baffled with the purchase, because we had so many other technology needs the money could have been spent on. Weren't we just indulging a small population in our school that wanted to be able to listen to music?
As minority teachers from all over the United States, a number of us informally worked to promote digital equity for years and years, organizing with the help and the influence of Jennelle Leonard of the U.S. Department of Education, who served as a mentor for us.
In an earlier post, I posed the question "How do we begin to create a school culture that values social and emotional well being while promoting academic success?" I suggested that it begins with a shared vision.