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.