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Inclusive technology integration


The American Institute for Research recently shared their report Inclusive Technology in a 21st Century Learning System  and it is an important read. Within this report, they include a framework for effective technology use that uses five interrelated components that lead to success for all students. These include a vision which guides the incorporation of new ed tech that is equitable and inclusive. The design of the ed tech product is centered around inclusion. The procurement process is guided by the RFP process which emphasizes accessibility, and the product is led by educators and staff who have sufficient training to leverage this technology for the inclusion and benefits of all learners. 

What do you think about this framework? And how do you envision the application of this at your program? 

I'd love to hear your thoughts. 
Kathy Tracey




Michael Cruse's picture
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Thank you, Kathy, for bringing this framework to our attention.  It is a lot of information to digest, but worth having a look at, and sharing with the technology decision makers in our adult ed programs.  In addition to the framework, there are some practical resources like the sample contract language in the Appendix of the primary report

For anyone interested in the topic of equity in digital domains, I also highly recommend listening to Digital Equity: Exploring this Modern Civil Right, located in the LINCS Resource Collection.  This 26-minute audio recording is part of a series from UpSkill with EdTech, looking at solutions for closing the digital divide, and includes interviews with students and administrators in communities as diverse as rural New Mexico, Chicago, and state correctional facilities.  

Mike Cruse

Disabilities and Equitable Outcomes Moderator