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Diversity & Global awareness

A report by Technavio predicts new techniques being adopted by K-12 schools in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be the primary driver of an increasing educational technology market over the next 4 years and their compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is expected to reach 25% by 2020 (Technavio, 2016, para. 1).

Diversity

Diversity is the recognition of differences and commonalities among people from which they can begin to understand each other. These differences and commonalities include, but are not limited to, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, culture, cognitive ability, life experiences, family situations, and sexual orientation  (Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, 2012, para. 2).

Diversity skills may include:
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Teaching ideas & examples

  • The power of empathy (Aguilar, 2018). The suggested activity in this article is for teachers. However, it could be used as a student activity to help develop empathy for others and understanding of diversity.  

Global awareness

Global Awareness is a conceptual understanding based upon an applicable knowledge of global and cultural perspectives. The understanding of concepts that impact the world encompasses, but is not limited to, environmental, social, cultural, political, and economic relations (Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, 2012, para. 1).

Global awareness may include:
  • Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues 
  • Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts 
  • Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages P21 framework

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