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SXSWedu 2015

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Future15
  • Track: Achievement Gaps & Educational Equality
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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