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21st Century Leadership– The Challenge of Digital Lives

December 21st, 2012

Did you know???

  • 93% of kids 12 to 17 are online
  • More than 35 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute
  • A majority of teens view their cell phone as the key to their social life If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populous in the world

Common Sense Media, 2011

More than ever, our students are living a digital life.  As educators in a state that supports 1 to 1 technology for learning, school leaders are challenged to understand what this digital environment presents to our students– both the incredible opportunities and the potential threats.

Common Sense Media offers the following view of digital life.

What Is Digital Life?

Digital life describes the media world that our kids inhabit 24/7 – online, on mobile phones and other devices, and anywhere media is displayed. By definition, digital media is participatory. Users can create content, and anything created in this digital life becomes instantly replicable and viewable by vast invisible audiences. Kids use digital media to socialize, do their homework, express themselves, and connect to the world. 

As Maine schools move into the second decade of the 21 century (and the second decade of 1 to 1 technology for learning), school leaders are compelled to understand how to best infuse digital literacy and citizenship into the culture of the school.  For example, leaders need to rethink their school codes of conduct to include expectations for how the school community uses media and technology in ways that are responsible and ethical and do that in ways that promote learning, innovation, and change…. No small task!

Join me and co-presenter Teri Caouette for the next MLTI Leadership session where we will explore strategies and resources for leaders to consider in their efforts to lead schools where students have the knowledge, ethics, and skills to thrive in their digital lives!

We are offering this session twice – in Augusta and Orono. Please pick the date that works best for you! We will also continue the discussion on this topic here on the MLTI leadership blog.

When: January 8, 2012 from 8-11:30

Where: Orono (face to face meeting)

When: January 17, 2012 from 8-11:30

Where: Burton Cross Bldg., Augusta and Available Through Webinar Video Conference



January 17, 2013 – School Leadership Series
Recording: Topic 2: How to institute a culture of Digital Citizenship in your school

November 28, 2012 – School Leadership Series
Recording: Topic 1: How to quickly evaluate new and emerging technologies in your school

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