4.3.b Partner with educators to identify digital learning content that is culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and aligned to content standards.
According to research from the U.S Department of Education in 2010, 45% of students were from culturally diverse families. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2043, the U.S. will become a “majority minority” country. Therefore, educators working with students and families need to pay attention to the culture, which is one of the foundations of effective teaching and learning (Pang et al., 2011).
My post, How to Demonstrate Cultural Competence in Your Class Blog or Website? pointed out that educators who create virtual environments or use digital content should be culturally inclusive. It should include mutual respect, effective relationships, clear communication, an explicit understanding of expectations, and critical self-reflection. For example, educators need to be intentional about the images we use in our blogs and website having a profound impact on classroom culture. When students see themselves reflected in our virtual environment, they are more invested in what they are learning.
In addition, Creativity in Digital Education addressed the use of technology to increase the ability of students to use thousands of pictures, videos, and music to be creative in their projects, assignments, and group and individual tasks. For example, using blogs for creative thinking, Cartoon and Comic Strip Tools, and Mind-Mapping and Brainstorming tools as creativity triggers that help students develop creative thinking and other essential skills.
Pang, V., Stein, R., Gomez, M., Matas, A. & Shimogori, Y., (2011, January).
Cultural Competencies: Essential Elements of Caring-Centered Multicultural Education. Retrieved April 15, 2021, from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/254291460_Cultural_Competencies_Essential_Elements_of_Caring-Centered_Multicultural_Education