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Design = Equity in EdTech

All students deserve the very best from their digital learning experience. Access to technology is important, but not enough. Truly equitable learning products grow from an empathic design approach that considers the whole student. We create products with disadvantaged students in mind, with varied cultural backgrounds, accessibility needs and academic levels. I will discuss our work with the Boys & Girls Clubs and others to create digital resources that are equitable for all learners.

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  1. Discuss the role design should play in equitable EdTech
  2. Present how enlisting teachers and students in disadvantaged learning environments as co-designers leads to greater EdTech engagement and adoption.
  3. Examine how understanding the whole digital learning experience - from culture to hardware - is key to creating equitable EdTech products.



Sean Oakes, Principal & Creative Director, Backpack Interactive

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