Please join us for Reimagining School: Opportunity, Safety and Privacy in the Social Lives of Networked Teens, presented by Golden Apple Foundation, National Louis University, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Social media has changed the way youth learn, communicate and participate in the world. Educators are being challenged to increase connected learning opportunities for students while struggling with bandwidth, infrastructure and equipment limitations. New technology and new ways of connecting with peer and learning networks has also created new concerns about identity, privacy, safety and bullying.
In this symposium, digital media and learning experts danah boyd and Samuel Dyson will address a number of important questions. How does social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? How is it shaping the way teens learn and engage in their world? And how do parents and educators balance the need for a safe online environment without hindering teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful and engaged citizens through their online interactions? The conversation will be moderated by Chicago Humanities Festival Program Director Alison Cuddy (formerly WBEZ National Public Radio reporter and producer).
danah boyd is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, a research assistant professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Sam Dyson is the director of the Hive Chicago Learning Network, a MacArthur-funded initiative operated by the Mozilla Foundation to enact connected learning among teens and educators through a community of youth-serving organizations.
Admission is free, but reservations are required.