Victoria Thompson is a STEM Integration Transformation Coach at Technology Access Foundation–a nonprofit leader redefining STEM education in public schools–a consultant for Ignite EdTech, a learning specialist for NCCE, and an ISTE Ambassador. She has been in education for five years and began her journey teaching fifth and sixth grade math and science in Summerville, SC. After completing her masters degree in curriculum and instruction she moved to the Seattle, WA area in 2018, where her career has pivoted to focusing on STEM integration in schools, K-12 mathematics instruction with research on decolonizing mathematics curriculum for teachers and learners, creating inclusive math environments, and using technology to bridge equity gaps in math education. She has presented at ISTE, ImpactEducation, CUE, and DigCitSummit on topics such as creating inclusive math classrooms, culturally responsive STEM education, and equity in educational technology. Additionally, she was recently awarded the title of one of the top 30 K-12 IT influencers in 2021 by EdTech Magazine.
In education we need to be committed to ensuring our efforts reflect the needs of our classrooms and schools, as well as equity and inclusion. How can we leverage technology to reach our goals? Come learn with us on how to navigate this landscape and how it can be possible. Attendees will learn about the intersectionality of equity and educational technology. New ideas and strategies that attendees will learn include vetting digital platforms and resources through an anti-racist lens, what an educator should look for when searching for equitable technology and technology platforms, the potential dangers of not checking a resource before you give it to students, the importance of student choice and voice, and the importance of elevating women and people of color in curriculum, among others.