Ideas for Promoting Digital Diversity

Ideas for Promoting Digital Diversity

Digital Diversity: Minority Women in EdTech- SXSWEdu, Tues., March 10th, 12-1pm CST with Cori Coburn-Shiflett, Rafranz Davis, and Sarah Thomas. Join our #DigiDiversity Twitter chat. Details and resources at our Digital Diversity site.
My 1st Book Signing of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers- SXSWEdu, Tues., March 10th, 1:10-1:30pm CST
I will be giving away a signed copy of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers and also digital copies of Learning to Go.
NPR Panel- Insights of Great Teachers- SXSWEdu, Wed., March 11th, 9-12pm CST
Edtech Summit Keynote- March 14th, Istanbul, Turkey

Ideas for Supporting Digital Diversity

Cori Coburn-Shiflett, Rafranz Davis, Sarah Thomas, and I are sharing resources to help you promote Digital Diversity on our site. Below are some of these ideas to help you promote digital diversity in your classes and schools.

Update your materials to include innovators, developers, and visionaries of diverse backgrounds, genders, and ages.

Find a list of innovative students and folks in STEM here.
Inspire students with TEDTalks by STEM innovators. Find many lesson plans here.

Invite STEM innovators of diverse backgrounds to inspire your students as guest speakers.

Nick Provenzano (@TheNerdyTeacher) invited Kid President, one of the most inspiring kids on social media, to visit his high school.

Ask local STEM professionals to conduct experiments with your students.

In the past, local experts have worked with my students to examine the microorganisms in our river water, search for fossils, explore caves, build adobe structures, create shoes and materials with local plants, act as meteorologists, and much more.
Find STEM professionals through museums, companies, Toast Masters, universities, the chamber of commerce, trade associations, or speakers bureaus.

Ask local STEM professionals to mentor your students.
Get students to interview STEM innovators virtually.

Students can host a Google Hangout or Skype with the guest speaker.
Students can host a Twitter chat with the guest speaker.
Find more ideas and resources in my presentation, Inspire Learners with Guest Speakers.

Rethink how you teach STEM. STEM isn’t learned solely from a textbook. Most of your lessons should get students to investigate the world around them with math, science, and technology. Get students to experiment, explore, problem-solve, invent, create, and code.
Help all students to believe in their abilities to learn math, science and technology. Our students often come to us believing they aren’t good at math, science, technology, etc. In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I talk about the need to help students destroy these labels so that they truly engage with our content.
Introduce your students to the realities of their lifelong learning journeys. The best learning is a journey full of challenging obstacles that get us to step out of our comfort zones. Only through undergoing this journey do we discover our strengths and skills.


Actively support diversity in STEM!

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Shelly Terrell is an education consultant, technology trainer, and author. Read more at

Shelly Terrell is an education consultant, technology trainer, and author. Read more at