Discussions about Diversity at #ISTE2015

Last week, I attended the 2015 ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Annual Conference and led several events, including a workshop on diversity and technology in early childhood settings. The focus of this workshop was to help attendees make thoughtful choices about integrating technology to honor and empower diversity within their classroom or program. …

Join #DiversityinApps

If you've been following my blog post, you know I have advocated for the need for more diverse content children's interactive media.  For the past year, I have connected with various individuals that include educators, scholars, app developers and media professionals who share a similar concern.  Along with these discussions, posts in The Guardian, Joan Ganz Cooney …

Do We See Diversity as an Issue?

In my previous post, I posed questions about if it is more important to examine consumption or creation in young children's media, specifically from the perspective of working with diverse communities.  Readers' responses have stated that both are important and need to be considered.  Their responses provoked deeper thinking and compelled me to ask a number of questions, one being: …

#WeNeedDiverseApps

If you're interested in diversity in children's media either as a parent or early childhood professional, then you may be aware of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.  The mission of this campaign is "to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature," and it is "committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately …

Are There Enough Mirrors in Children’s New Media?

In a previous post, I have described a conversation I had with my colleague Jane Fleming, Ph.D. on culturally relevancy and children's media.  To help convey this message, in her presentations and upcoming book with Susan Catapano, Candace M. Thompson, and Sandy Ruvalcaba Carrillo, she talks about the balance of windows and mirrors in book collections and the …