Technology and Social Justice?

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When I was in elementary school, the only thing we needed technology for was learning to type and researching topics.  New technologies over the years have opened up countless opportunities to engage learners and teach in different ways.  I believe that the changed nature of learning and the rise of technology is related to social justice anti oppressive education because we can connect to a larger audience to receive guidance and feedback.  Teachers use internet sites like Pinterest to get teaching ideas and they could also reach out to a community of educators through forums and Twitter.  Educators can connect with millions of people all over the world to create a support group or to have a discussion about ideas.  Collaboration is a big thing for education and the fact that you can post and access teaching materials is pretty great.  The internet offers another way to seek out help and support for your teaching goals towards social justice and anti-oppressive education.

We can use different technology tools to create digital stories with anti-oppressive content.  In my previous post about treaty education, Claire’s students used apps like Puppet Pals to portray their versions of the signing of Treaty #4.  The students also created songs and podcasts, which I assume was done by Garageband.  These projects offer a more engaging and fun way to learn about content in the classroom.  This also makes learning more memorable and we as educators should strive to make anti-oppressive content relevant and fresh in students’ minds.  Using the internet and other technology tools allows students and teachers to have their content seen and commented on by a much larger community.  These anti-oppressive ideas and projects will keep educators and others around the world aware and inspired to do the same in their own classrooms or households.

How do you think technology and new modes of learning are related to social justice and anti-oppressive education?

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Treaty Education

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Claire Kruger’s presentation on treaty education was very interesting and inspiring. I think the thing that popped out at me right away was when she said, “we signed a treaty to share the land. Keyword: share”. Through technology, the students shared their ideas. The ways that these students expressed their learning of this concept was amazing and creative. It goes to show how historical content can be fun for students with the right tools. Another thing I loved was the fact that this program highlighted the fact that we are all treaty people and you don’t need a status card to be a treaty person. This creates a space of equality because this is a commonality among all students in the classroom.

The integration of technology was also very exciting for me. I learned a lot about educational technology last year in ECMP 355, but seeing some of these apps and technology tools come to life with young children is absolutely amazing. I’ve also had a strong interest in integrating technology into my future classroom, so these ideas are helpful!

How have you integrated treaty education and technology into your classrooms?