Imagine IT: Phase 5 The problem that I came across in my Imagine It project is the lack of computer science background-knowledge in our culture, my students and myself, included. W.E.B. Dubois wrote about the Double Consciousness that occurs when people of color start believing stereotypes about themselves in a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. Students of color many times begin to believe that computer science is not for them since the stereotype says that it is mostly White and Asian males who are “good with computers”. While I agree with W.E.B. Du Bois, I also believe that our students are not presented with a fair opportunity to become proficient in computer science. This is in part the responsibility of the teacher. A responsibility that I take very seriously. I spoke with my colleagues regarding this situation with technology. With the first teacher, Ms. Goldbaum, I tried to concentrate on explaining the Imagine It Project and what the TPACK framework entails. I told her that I was very confident about teaching the content and using the necessary pedagogy to deliver it but that I lacked confidence in the technology. While explaining the TPACK framework, I expressed how as educators we have been trained to weave pedagogy and content in order to be proficient educators. Technology has been added as a necessary step to becoming the most effective teachers we can be. She told me that I should keep everything as it is. Her encouragement made me feel confident that I was taking the right steps. She really liked the idea of reading the Henrietta Lacks book while tying science activities to it. She suggested that I should continue to implement as much technology into the classroom, even if I don’t feel confident. She encouraged me to have fun and learn along with the students. According to Mishra and Koehler in Too Cool for School? No Way!, “Teachers need to develop a willingness to play with technologies and an openness to building new experiences for students so that fun, cool tools can be educational.” As difficult as it has been, I am trying. The other colleague who I conferenced with, Mr. Lituma, is an electrical engineer who has been a teacher for at least twenty years. He was also in the first cohort of MSUrban STEM. I did not have to give him much background knowledge about my Imagine It project since he is familiar with the MSUrban STEM work. He has been coming into my classroom during our recess time and has been working with me and some students during their Genius Hour projects. He has been explaining some basic electricity concepts to me and the kids. I have found him to be a great resource. I have organized a focus group of four boys and four girls. They will be the first to be presented with new technology, since they are the ones who stay in for recess to work on their Genius Hour projects. During this time, my colleague is available to help us in case we have any questions. Once they learn some of the new technology, these students will help lead the class by leading groups of students in carrying out activities.