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Imagine this as a school district mantra: “Students will study the personal, social and environmental impacts of every technology and media application they use in school.” That is, students will become de”tech”tives.
So many of the life-changing issues students will face as adults have their roots in technology, from genetic engineering to electronic invasion to radical social reorganization. That’s why schools need to do more than prepare students to be capable work force members. They need to prepare them to be good neighbors, informed voters and participatory citizens so that they can balance technology’s opportunities and limitations in light of its value to the human community.
This webinar explores these issues from practical and theoretical perspectives, with the goal of helping our kids use technology not just effectively, but creatively and wisely.
Bio: Jason Ohler has been pioneering the future of technology and learning for more than three decades. After he helped develop one of the earliest master’s degrees in educational technology for classroom teachers during the early 1980s, he went on to direct the program for 17 years. Since that time, he has keynoted and worked both online and in schools, at home and internationally, helping students and policy makers develop the new media literacies and perspectives they need to create the futures they want. He is a passionate promoter of the “art is the next R” movement as well as of the need for students to learn how to use technology wisely and safely, as digital citizens with awareness and compassion. He has won numerous awards for his work and is the author of many books, articles and online resources, including Digital Community, Digital Citizen and Digital Storytelling in the Classroom. Many call him a futurist, but he prefers to be called a nowist, as he believes we have the vision, technology and mandate to create the communities of learning we need today.
“The goal is the effective, creative and wise use of technology . . . to bring together technology, community and learning in ways that work. And while we are at it, to have fun.”