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Mar 6

Students Demand the Right to Use Technology in Schools | MindShift

A few years back, I wrote during the height of the PC/Mac wars that technology use would become a civil rights issue. People laughed at me. Now take a look at this:—-TBH

Holding up cell phones, tablets, and video cameras, students spelled out to listeners in the packed conference room a message loud and clear: We demand access to the same technology that privileged students have in order to survive in the working world, to compete in any meaningful way, and to amplify our voices.

Students from the five schools who comprised Black Male Academy and Council on Youth Research, and who had raised the funds to get themselves from Los Angeles to the conference on Kickstarter, presented research they’d gathered at their own schools about the impact of technology (or lack thereof) on their learning.

“We’re going to use technology to start a revolution, to improve our lives, and the lives of the upcoming generations, to get our voices heard,” said a Morningside High student.