Culturally responsive pedagogy

Culturally responsive pedagogy is a teaching principle that calls for teachers to respond to the cultures that are represented in their classrooms. This sense of cultural responsiveness is both a theoretical framework that guides teachers in their daily decision-making processes, as well as a pedagogical approach that teachers need to commit to integrate into the …

How can we develop reading fluency using digital tools?

Reading fluency is one of the building blocks in developing successful readers. It is the link, or the bridge, between decoding and comprehension (Reading Rockets, n.d., Rasinski, 2019, 41:39). Rasinski (2014) defines reading fluency as having two main components:  automaticity in  word recognition and expression in oral reading, which is also known as prosody. As …

Our Well-being as Digital Citizens

Digital Well-being: Technology and our Daily Lives “Technology is, not so much as a necessary evil, it’s a necessary good that can go either way.” www.wellbeing.google   The Pew Research Center’s report called “The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World” (Anderson & Rainie, 2018) presents interesting perspectives on how digital technology has impacted humanity and …

What does digital citizenship look like in an international school setting?

An Ethics Audit Report I have the privilege of working in an international school in Southeast Asia. This school is located in one of the major capital cities in the region. Technology education is an integral part of the school’s academic program, from helping students understand how to be digital citizens in the elementary school, …

Leveraging Technology for English Language Learners

English Language Learners (ELLs) are students whose native language is not English. Every year, teachers welcome many English language learners in their classrooms around the world. In the United States, ELLs represent the fastest growing group of students (Erben, 2009).  When working with ELLs, issues regarding access to curriculum and to resources are always in …

Understanding Digital Wisdom, Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship

How do we build a culture of honesty and authenticity in the digital world? How do we promote honesty among our digital citizens?  Driving up and down the freeway, I can’t help but notice the guardrails in place. What do guardrails do? By definition, a guardrail is a railing, or a barrier set in place …

How can we help students develop digital accountability?

When I ponder how technology has transformed my way of living, I have to admit that it is far-fetched to imagine life devoid of technology. It has pervaded our entire society. Technology has transformed how I live – how I express my faith, how I communicate, how I interact with loved ones, how I raise …

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