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Webinar: Addressing the Deeper Dimensions of Digital Equity: Digging for Inclusion Impact

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Date and Time: Wednesday, June 21st, noon-1PM Eastern

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In this June 21st webinar, per below, we explored a number of digital equity challenges beyond the compelling and obvious need to ensure equitable access to broadband, devices, tech support and digital literacy skills. Please note that we will soon schedule a series of follow-up webinars, each one highlighting the insights and resources of one of the June 21st webinar panelists, with an opportunity to engage with them interactively. Watch this page for details coming soon!

In response to the wave of significant digital equity funding challenges, panelists explored the need for greater attention to crucial concerns including:

* accessibility, assistive technology and universal design for learning
* strengthening online learning pedagogy
* equipping children and youth, their caregivers and educators with tools to anticipate and mitigate device and social network addiction, cyberbullying and data privacy threats
* providing linguistically diverse youths and adults with the skills to provide multilingual tech support
* creating a sustainable ecosystem for harvesting, securing funding for and distributing free fully refurbished laptops bundled with Office 365 and drive image pointers to 211, Bank On accounts, and other systemic inclusion resources
* in light of AI’s profound disruptions, anticipating the escalating need to move toward more agile workforce development & apprenticeship systems with employer-recognized badging, and
* leveraging neurofeedback science to address widespread learner isolation, depression, and suicidal ideation in the pandemic’s wake

Our exceptional panel included:

– Tom Finn, CEO, Avid Products
– Christine Fox, Project Director, Center for Inclusive Technology and Educational Systems (CITES) at CAST
– Lawrence Franchini, BrainCo’s VP for sales & operations
– Jenelle Leonard, NCDE’s director of leadership development for inclusion
– Dr. Irv Richardson, NH NEA’s coordinator of public education and school support, and past Maine Teacher of the Year and Maine Principal of the Year
– Roger Rosen, CEO, Rosen Digital Publishing
– Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer, exec. dir., Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, who leads the world’s first national conversation setting AI ethical guidelines

Moderator: Desh Bagley, director, learner engagement and leadership, NCDE