Session 2


Like many young people, I frequently go to social media websites like twitter and Facebook to connect and communicate with my friends. Just as this is a different way to communicate with people than in the past, the different forms of digital media can help teachers educate students in new cutting edge ways. Unfortunately, not all children have access to such technology and miss out on new teaching methods.

The article “Cultivating Digital and Popular Literacies as Empowering and Emancipatory Acts among Urban Youth” reflects on how students’ identities impact writing instruction and how the Internet and digital media  promote English Language Arts (ELA) learning and culturally relevant pedagogy.  For example, the majority of children living in impoverished areas are of the African-American and Latino communities and have less resources than Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz and Marcelle Haddix discuss the importance of emancipatory pedagogies. The key method of such a practice is the use of digital tools and popular culture, and social applies to both, to make up for the lack of advanced technology. While they do criticize the lack of economic and social equality regarding urban schools compared to urban schools, I appreciate how they plan to empower their students by teaching them with the few resources they have and showing them how to make the best of a bad situation. The following link shows how technology and digital media can benefit students in the classroom.



  1. Max Thiede · February 3, 2016

    I’ve always had a bleeding heart, and I always get very upset when I hear about the unfair treatment people get it always makes me feel down. One of the biggest problems I’ve seen is that this is a cycle. People complain about the lack of E-Literacy, but many low income schools don’t even get the chance to do anything about it. They keep getting shafted with low-quality electronics and cannot advance at the same place where others can. It’s very unfair and even more upsetting


  2. EmilyB · February 4, 2016

    I agree that technology is a wonderful asset to the classroom. My favorite part about it is the interactivity and participation that technology can ensue. However, technology in the classroom must be used by trained professionals because if used incorrectly or without knowledge it can have the exact opposite effect. Students may become isolated in their tablet or wander the internet without the teacher knowing. Technology is great but we must think critically about it’s uses and think about ways we can use it to for a positive outcome.


  3. cmddancer · February 15, 2016

    Jordan, I really appreciate how you hone in on not only the equities surrounding digital technologies in schools but the tenacity of the teachers to move forward despite having the most latest and greatest in terms of hardware. It is amazing how resourceful we can be with a little of bit of tech but a bit of imagination.


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