September 2014

Opportunity, Safety and Privacy in the Social Lives of Networked Teens

Monday, September 22 from 6:30 to 8pm
Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier

The third symposium in the 2014 education series “Reimagining School,” and an official event of the Social Media Week Chicago, presented in conjunction with Golden Apple, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Social media is shaping the way youth learn and engage in the world. Educators are challenged with increasing connected learning opportunities for students to explore new solutions to old problems. At the same time, educators need to be mindful of the many challenges, including safety and privacy, this pursuit of increased connectivity presents. 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?

Tickets to the event are free, but reservations are required.
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A reception will follow the event.

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. Dyson has developed connected learning programs and resources for teens and adults including Hive Fashion in Chicago and New York City Learning Networks; STEAM Studio, a pop-up makerspace at the Chicago Cultural Center; and Maker Party events like Destination: Chicago connected with the Chicago City of Learning. His prior educational 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. boyd’s research examines the intersection of technology and society. Currently, she’s focused on research questions related to “big data”, privacy and publicity, and teen culture. Her 2014 book - “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” - uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions.

Alison Cuddy, program director, at the Chicago Humanities Festival, and former WBEZ-FM reporter, will moderate the event.

The “Reimagining School” symposium series features nationally-recognized visionaries who discuss the ways in which schools can and must foster the creativity and innovation essential to our students’ global competence in a changing world.



A film by Davis Guggenheim, narrated by Queen Latifah

Tuesday, October 14 from 5:00 to 8:00pm
NLU Wheeling Campus

Join National Louis University for a free screening of the movie every teacher should see: “TEACH,” narrated by Queen Latifah. Directed by Davis Guggenheim, “Teach,” presents what it takes to be a teacher.

  • Connect with fellow educators, NLU alumni and prospective teachers to discuss how to prepare for and teach in today’s schools
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments
  • Eligible for CPDU credit

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