Promoting Multicultural Learning

[David Dulberger is a colleague from Maryland who is doing exceptional work with elementary students. He’s a 5th grade teacher in the Washington County Schools in Maryland working with gifted and talented students in a 1:1 iPad environment. In this article David looks at Book Creator has a tool to provide a multimedia tool that opens the door for multicultural learning.]

David Dulberger kindly shares his research and insight from the position paper he presented to his school, to convince them to upgrade from the free to the full version of Book Creator.

David DulbergerDavid Dulberger is currently a 5th grade magnet teacher at Emma K. Doub, a 1:1 Apple Distinguished School in Maryland, USA.

David is part of the 2015 class of Apple Distinguished Educators, a 2014 PBS Digital Innovator, and a My Big Campus Coach.

The American Council of Teaching Foreign Language states that

“unlike the classroom of yesteryear that required students to know a great deal of information about the language but did not have an expectation of language use, today’s classroom is about teaching languages so that students use them to communicate with native speakers of the language.”
ACTFL, 2011

In a true 21st century classroom, students are infusing technology with multiple types of literacy skills to build on knowledge and experiences. They transfer these newly refined skills to perform a new and authentic task.

Due to the fact that experiences are heavily influenced by culture and language, teachers need to provide students with the tools and learning experiences they need to successfully perform these transfer tasks. Not only is authoring and publishing an ebook a new and authentic task, it can open the doors for teachers and students to learn about various cultures and other languages.

It is with great confidence that I propose to my school to purchase the full version of the Book Creator for iPad application for each student. I believe this will promote multicultural learning in the classroom as well as support L2 students, also known as ELL or ESOL students.

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