My name is Sharla Berry. I am a PhD student at the University of Southern California in the Urban Education Policy Program. My research falls broadly in the category of critical edtech studies. I am interested in how students of color empower themselves in educational settings using technology, and how schools support and undermine minority youth efforts to develop 21st century skills. I am also interested in the following topics.
21st century skills/ preparation for the labor market
technology policy and practice in schools
maker movements in urban communities
college access and technology
Right now I am in the process of immersing myself in various strands of literature and developing a research project on these topics. Therefore, book reccomendations are welcome.
I am currently writing a theoretical paper about neoliberal and social justice discourses in computer coding organizations. I am also working on a participatory action research project with HASTAC scholar Vanessa Monterosa and Chris Perez. College Knowledge LA is a mobile application that connects students of color with college prep resources in their community. We are currently working with students to design and test the app.
I look forward to dialoguing with other scholars about critical perspectives in edtech!