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Immigrant families had to fend for themselves during online schooling (republished from The Conversation)
Published on: January 11, 2023
Research which took place in Saskatoon during COVID-19 school closures, found that immigrant parents in particular were affected in four ways: parent-teacher communication was hindered; children’s second language acquisition was delayed; schooling was neglected in favour of supporting well-being; and, parents relied on their own communities.
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Digital capacity for Immigrant & Refugee-serving organizations
Published on: January 3, 2023
Recently I presented a "lightening talk" at the Future of Good's Dismantling Digital Barriers Summit. The Summit sought to understand "what is digital equity? Who is left behind? And how do we close that gap?" It's a topic that has taken on increased importance in our sector. I thought I'd share my speaking notes.
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I asked ChatGPT about digital inclusion. It did pretty well.
Published on: December 14, 2022
You’ve probably seen people post about the latest AI media darling, the AI chatbot ChatGPT. AI is here, is coming, will impact our work, all of that. So it makes sense to try things out from time to time, to see how they can actually help our work. I’ve done that previously. And, when I saw Andrew Griffith try it out on immigration and citizenship questions, with good responses, I decided to try it out on digital inclusion questions.
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How To Create Equitable Digital Learning Experiences - From Classroom to Boardroom (webinar recording)
Published on: December 12, 2022
This Techsoup Canada webinar session explores how the differences between the medical and social models of disability can impact the ways in which organizations can create equitable online, hybrid, and instructor training that blends the principles of universal design for learning and trauma-informed care.
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City of Toronto Connected Community team: Discussing Technology in our City (webinar recording)
Published on: December 12, 2022
Hosted by Civic Tech Toronto, City of Toronto staff who work in technology services share an overview of some of City Council’s priorities, providing an update on Toronto's Digital Infrastructure Strategic Framework.
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Can you hear me now – Moving Towards A Digital Equity Strategy in Calgary (webinar recording)
Published on: December 12, 2022
In this session, the speakers provided an overview of digital divide research and engagement to date in Calgary and highlighted the barriers and challenges that have emerged. They highlighted current small projects underway and engage participants in a conversation on their perceptions of potential solutions to address and mitigate barriers to digital access for those most impacted.
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The future of digital/hybrid service delivery (hint: it's digital inclusion)
Published on: November 8, 2022
I was invited to be part of an Access Alliance Fireside Chat about Digital Inclusion during their staff professional development day. I was honoured to speak and discuss with Ibukun Abejirinde who is doing super interesting research on virtual care and Newcomers, and Jay Shaw, who is also doing super interesting and relevant work and research on virtual care technologies and new models of integrated care. These are my speaking notes.
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Inclusion by design is the foundation of success for digital transformation
Published on: November 1, 2022
Inclusion is the foundation upon which responsible technology and policy development must be built.
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"Technology is controlled by us and we can shape it's direction"
Published on: October 11, 2022
Why does this feel like such a provocative statement? I mean, it should be true, but it doesn't feel true, does it? How many of us feel like we have any control over the technologies we use in our daily and work lives? I'd suggest very few of us feel like we have control. So how do we get that control?
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