Understanding Your “Born Digital” Students: A Workshop for Educators

Top Pick January 12, 2017 Waltham Free
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Through this workshop, John Palfrey offers a chance for educators across Greater Boston to reflect on how their teaching and learning practices are changing in a digital age. Palfrey, along with co-author Urs Gasser, has revised and expanded “a landmark sociological study,” entitled Born Digital, of young people and their use of new media. This new edition of Born Digital (2016) is based on a decade of research at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. The workshop will involve an initial overview of the research, followed by a period of small-group discussion and consideration of teaching and learning practices. By the end of the workshop, participants will have had an opportunity to explore the myths and realities of how young people are engaging today with media, schools, and one another.

John Palfrey is the head of school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Andover community in July 2012, John worked as a professor and vice dean of the library at Harvard Law School. He also served as co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and has published extensively on how young people are learning in a digital era, as well as the effect of new technologies on society at large. Outside of his work at Andover, John chairs the board of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the board of LRNG. He also serves on the boards of the Berkman Center and Data & Society. John is the author or co-author of eight books, including BiblioTech (2015) and Born Digital (2016, with Urs Gasser).  He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and an A.B. from Harvard College.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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333 Forest St
Waltham, MA 02452

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