Digital Bridges: Ed Tech and Inclusive Education
This session explores the basic theory behind and key findings of a study into the relationship between a technology-rich school environment and inclusive education in that setting. Using the case study of a school district implementing a 1:1 program and inclusive education initiatives in a low-income, predominantly Latino community, this session presents a model for the mutually supportive relationship between educational technology and inclusive education in diverse school environments.
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- Attendees will understand the theoretical case for a positive correlation between technology-rich environments and inclusive school environments based on research from the fields of educational technology and inclusive education.
- Attendees will gain insight into what features of implementation are critical to establishing a supportive relationship between technology and inclusive education via the real-life experiences of staff members in a district implementing both.
- Attendees will leave with a new understanding of the potential positive outcomes of technology-rich school environments which go beyond discrete academic outcomes; technology will come to be understood as a potential driver of inclusive education.
- Stacy Gherardi, Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
Stacy Gherardi, Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Chicago