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Digital Solidarity in Education
Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Academic Excellence through Innovative Instructional Programs

ISBN 9780415636148
Published September 16, 2013 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

Digital Solidarity in Education is a book for educators, scholars, and students interested in better understanding both the role technology can play in schools and its potential for strengthening communities, optimizing the effects of globalization, and increasing educational access.  The digital solidarity movement prioritizes the engagement and mobilization of students from diverse racial, ethnic, linguistic, and economic backgrounds, and with giftedness and/or disabilities, to utilize and apply technologies. 

This powerful book introduces innovative technological programs including virtual schools, e-tutoring, and interactive online communities for K-12 students that can:

• increase students' knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts while reinforcing their basic skills;
• reinforce students' communication in their first language while introducing second and third language possibilities;
• nurture students' capabilities to think analytically, while using creative and innovative ideas to think simultaneously “outside of the box.”

The experienced author team shows how collaborative partners from the private sector can assist public school systems and educators in creating access for all students to technological innovations, with a goal of increasing individual opportunities for future college and career success. Combining theoretical scholarship and research with the personal perspectives of practitioners in the field, this volume shares with readers both the nuts and bolts of using technology in education, and the importance of doing so.

Table of Contents

1 Emergence of Digital Solidarity and Competing Technologies

2 Broadening Technologies in American Education

3 Innovative Ideas in Education to Support Digital Solidarity 

4 Accommodations and Adaptations: Digital Access for All

5 Technology Activities to Support Digital Solidarity: Developing a Plan of  Action

6 Taking Educational Technology Innovations to Scale

 7 Epilogue - What Remains as Barriers for Selected Populations 

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Mary Kolesinski, Ed. D., is an online educator at Nova Southeastern University.

Evelyn Nelson-Weaver, Ed. D., is an online instructor at Nova Southeastern University and consultant for Weaver Worldwide Consulting.

Daryl L. Diamond, Ph.D., is currently the Intern Principal at Sheridan Technical Center in Broward County Public Schools in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and an online instructor for Florida Atlantic University.