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SUPPORTING LEARNERS WITH CULTURALLY RELEVANT DIGITAL RESOURCES


BY KAREN DEVONISH-MA Z ZOT TA


question: “Where are the online resources that are culturally relevant?” It’s an interest- ing question…but the authors of this query are missing the point! Our new experience with distance


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learning, blended learning and the return to physical classrooms with limited sharing of paper resources is now an ever-changing reality for educators. Each day will present many successes and a few new challenges. A desire to support learners, to set them up for success, knowing that this will look different for all, is what will help us get through this difficult period. As educators, we want to connect with


our learners. We know that having strong relationships with students is the key to providing a rich environment where they can flourish. We want the resources we use in those learning environments to stimulate


14 ETFO VOICE | WINTER 2020


s a teacher-librarian working to support my colleagues as they navigate the world of online learning, I am often asked this


thinking and inspire our students. But what do we do when we are presented with limited resources or too many resources to navigate? Here are a few steps that each educator


can take. Begin with you, the educator, be- fore you start seeking resources. Ask yourself:


• How did I sort, sift and select materi- als that were engaging and appropriate throughout my years of teaching before the pandemic?


• How did I explore critical literacy with my learners in my previous teaching contexts?


• Who was represented in the books I shared?


• Did these books reflect the lived experi- ences of our communities?


• Do these books help my students under- stand the variety of identities and experi- ences that are in my school? Community? Region? Country? World? Particularly those experiences that have been histori- cally silenced, oppressed or excluded?


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