Webinar Series: Making 1:1 Work for 21st Century Learning

by Jean Tower

Participate in exciting professional development on cutting edge topics without leaving your office (or your living room) – save your gas!

METAA (Massachusetts Educational Technology Administrators Association) is partnering with EdTech Teacher on aseries of four webinars. Each webinar has a specific topic (see below) but the organizing theme is:

Making 1:1 Work for 21st Century Learning

In these webinars, we are hosting a series of discussions with education leaders from around the country on key issues related to shaping 1-1 learning environments that support the development of key 21st century competencies like critical thinking, complex communication, and new media literacies.

The webinars are all free – if you are contemplating any kind of 1:1, we’d love to have you join us and contribute to the discussion.

October 18: Parent/Family Involvement and Support
How do you build community support for technology initiatives and 21st century learning?

November 15: Curriculum and Open Education Resources
How can schools leverage freely available Open Education Resources to reduce costs and build a curriculum focused on local learning goals?

December 20: Assessing 21st century Learning
How can schools build “parallel” assessment systems to measure progress towards 21st century learning goals?

The October webinar was a great success and we had a very enlightening conversation with Deb Socia and Anne Collier.

In 2009-’10, Anne Collier served as co-chair of the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group, which in June 2010 delivered its report to Congress, “Youth Safety on a Living Internet.” Anne currently serves on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board and the advisory boards of the London- and Washington-based Family Online Safety Institute and GetNetWise.org, a project of the Washington-based Internet Education Foundation. She founded the nonprofit Net Family News in 1999 on the premise that information empowers parents at a time when kids’ tech interests and parent-child communication about them have become a key part of parenting. NetFamilyNews.org (“kid-tech news for parents”) is a blog, RSS feed, and email newsletter with subscribers in more than 50 countries.

Deb Socia is the executive director of OpenAirBoston and the Exective Director of Tech Goes Home. She is the former principal of the Lila G. Frederick Pilot School in Boston.  She has been involved in education, primarily in middle schools, since the early 1980s. Deb was the founding principal of the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, MA, served as a Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, a central office Curriculum Coordinator, an administrator in a residential treatment center and the Program Director for the Coalition of Essential Schools. Most of her experience as an educator, however, has been as a mathematics teacher for 7th and 8th graders.

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