Discussions about Diversity at #ISTE2015

Last week, I attended the 2015 ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Annual Conference and led several events, including a workshop on diversity and technology in early childhood settings. The focus of this workshop was to help attendees make thoughtful choices about integrating technology to honor and empower diversity within their classroom or program.…

Join #DiversityinApps

If you’ve been following my blog post, you know I have advocated for the need for more diverse content children’s interactive media.  For the past year, I have connected with various individuals that include educators, scholars, app developers and media professionals who share a similar concern.  Along with these discussions, posts in The Guardian, Joan Ganz Cooney…

Gathering Useful Resources

In my posts, I usually incorporate another source to give more context and hopefully promote further reading about a particular subject.  Gradually, more people have asked me about resources for specific topics and how I manage to identify them.  With so much information about ethnicity, culture, early childhood, technology, media and diverse abilities, it can be stressful just deciding the websites that…

#WeNeedDiverseApps

If you’re interested in diversity in children’s media either as a parent or early childhood professional, then you may be aware of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.  The mission of this campaign is “to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature,” and it is “committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately…

Media Consumption and Family Culture

Even with an increased amount of technology tools that provide children with opportunities to create media content, research from Common Sense Media and Ofcom reveal that media consumption is common among young children. While devices like tablets and smartphones have interactive components, these tools may also be used to watch shows and videos.  With knowing this…

Nostalgia Meets 21st Century Competency and Skills

In America, we have just celebrated Thanksgiving Day.  This holiday, with origins attributed to the Pilgrims’ relationship with the Wampanoag tribe, older Christian practices and other historical events, is designed to help us – American citizens – recognize and acknowledge all the parts of our lives that we’re “thankful for.”  For many of us, it is a…