I felt honored to be able to present at this year’s conference alongside my Head of School, Cullan Hemenway. It gave me a much needed opportunity to gather some of the theory and research I’ve been working on independently. I am a doctoral student at DU in Curriculum and Instruction. My areas of concentration are cultural pluralism and technology. What I have been struggling with most during my studies is a way to communicate the way I see the areas being related and complimentary. This presentation afforded me the opportunity to get my feet wet. The thesis of the presentation was that A) narrative for multicultural student voices is crucial, and therefore crucial to the student body as a whole B) technology affords educators the opportunity to enhance their existing curriculum and facilitates a wider range of possibility for pulling in material of a cultural-racial nature, and C) it can be done without spending any money on the latest and greatest fad.
The following document is my intended narrative for the presentation: PoCC Presentation Notes3
And the short PowerPoint: Promoting Cultural Pluralism Through Technology
I also shared the following Animoto Video to demonstrate the way in which a shared narrative (I read aloud a short narrative of my personal history) can be more powerfully delivered with the simple use of technology:
We also shared a few screen shots (because we were without live Internet access), but rather than post those, feel free to access the live sites from the Blogroll.
I would, however, like to share the embedded video I used with my 7thg graders during our Body Image Project unite. The title of the clip is misleading and obviously indicates that the snippet we get to see was within a larger context, but I think the clip is still a great example of positive introductions of dialogue concerning appearance norms:
And finally, I would like to provide this list of references