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Crafting Character

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Session One: Saturday 10:00am–11:30am
Room 309
Karen Blumberg, Meredith Stewart
Affiliation: The School at Columbia University, Cary Academy
Conversational Focus/Audience:
High School, Middle School
Conversation Description:

Social media sites and social networking tools/devices are increasingly brought into the classroom as means for completing collaborative projects. Students are expected to use technology academically, respectfully, and responsibly, yet outside of school, their personal use of technology often demonstrates a lack of the same amount of thoughtfulness. Considering the public, permanent, and traceable nature of digital footprints, how do we as educators reinforce using technology appropriately outside of the classroom? Students need to recognize that their communications and actions contribute to their character. In an age where everyone uses Google (including high school counselors, college admissions, and employers), it is more important than ever to initiate conversations with students about how their immediate online choices have potentially permanent ramifications. This presentation will help guide those necessary discussions.

Conversational Practice:
Discussion of examples/challenges/questions from facilitators' and participants' contexts/communities


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