Education Symposium Explores Issues of Networked Teens' Social Lives

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Hosted by Golden Apple, National Louis University, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

What: Golden Apple announces with its partners, National Louis University, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the third symposium in the 2014 education series “Reimagining School.” The symposium, “Opportunity, Safety and Privacy in the Social Lives of Networked Teens,” is an official event of Social Media Week Chicago.

At the symposium, digital media and learning experts danah boyd and Samuel Dyson will address important questions including:

  • What is new about how teenagers communicate through social media?
  • How do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives?
  • 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?

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014

Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.         

Where: Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier (800 E. Grand in Chicago)

Who: Sam Dyson is the director of the Hive Chicago Learning Network, a MacArthur-supported initiative operated by the Mozilla Foundation to enact connected learning among teens and educators through a community of youth-serving organizations. Dyson has developed connected learning programs and resources for teens and adults including Hive Fashion in Chicago and New York City Learning Networks. His prior experience includes educational administration in both community-based and Chicago Public School contexts and 10 years as a physics teacher. He is a 2007 recipient of the Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching.

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. She is also the founder and president of a new think/do tank called the Data & Society Research Institute. Her 2014 book - “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” - uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media.

Cost: Tickets to the event are free, but registration, open now, is required. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to the registration page or #SMWteens.

Media Contact: Eileen Rochford, eileenr(at)theharbingergroup(dot)com or 312-953-3305

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