Questioning Culture and Technology: Students’ Stories at DML Conference
3.23.12 | At this year’s Digital Media and Learning Conference, attendees heard from a group of experts that rarely appear at such events: students.
In a write-up of the conference, Sarah mentioned the “Digital Innovation and Equity in Schools” panel, in which Los Angeles high school students offered personal stories about the lack of technology resources in schools. Kathy Ishizuka at The Digital Shift has more on the students’ presentations, including this video of Locke High School students.
Referring to themselves as A Tribe Called Locke, the students build on Paolo Freire’s critical pedagogy theory to interrogate the meaning of culture and how technology relates to it. They do so by asking three questions: what is culturally relevant curriculum; how is technology used in curriculum; and how is Facebook used as a learning tool.
The video kicks off with students trading off stories spoken-word style, offering insight into the obstacles many kids face—from a lack of working computers to a lack of understanding of how smartphones and other personal devices can be used as learning tools.
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