As a teacher, most of what I do was prescribed, though I found permission to do many things I liked within the school groups, and groups that support teachers. I found surprising support for students and all the things I care about in emotional learning and intelligence with a group that I never knew about in school. Art Wolinsky and I are friend who have worked together in preparing teachers for the use of technology. He invited me to attend a special conference in Washington DC. I attend a lot of workshops in DC. I was surprised that this one seemed to be run by kids. What I mean is that children were organizing the events of the day. That was refreshing. There were experts all around. When you travel in DC, you notice the people who come to workshops. It seems we were there to listen and then participate. That was different. We did get to do panels, but the stories of sharing, the events were mostly done by students.
*Art Wolinsky and I have been friends since the use of technology in schools was started. OII.org so we are tech savvy.
The Wired Safety Conference
You may want to know about it so that you can participate in the next one,
You will find lots of resources, information and ideas here.,
About Parry Aftab – WiredSafety.org
As a teacher I never had much instruction about digital citizenship, cyberbullying and the problems of students with technology tools. I am a pioneering educator, but the field has become very large and there are lots of problems to tackle. Social networking is also an area of concern for many parents.
So here were a lot of students, kids, at various levels of learning who were sharing their stories, ideas and creating synergy in their schools. It was fascinating . Parry was the architect of the project, but clearly the students were well trained, and savvy. Some were doing internships and others creating opportunties for others.
WiredKids Summit – June 8, 2011
Senate Russell Building, Washington D.C.
The summit is given each year entirely by Tweenangels and Teenangels. They give awards to their favorite sites and to people they recognize have made the Internet safer. Kids on the stage, adults in the audience; industry, policymakers, law enforcement. They present research they conduct and teach adults what they need to know.
Often cybersafety messages come from the top down, parents to kids. But almost as often the kids know more about technology than their parents. Every year this summit is given on Capitol Hill, giving the teens and tweens a chance to show leaders in industry and government how much they know.
Senator Menendez provided the room for the summit and was in attendance. Here arecomments from his Facebook page.
Bonnie Bracey’s Blog Post shares pictures and her thoughts about the day.
Art Wolinsky’s Blog Post talks about what WiredSafety and the annual summit means to him amd the thousands of other volunteers around the world.
Leticia’s Tech Saavy Mom’s Blog Post shares what the day meant for her and others.
Teenangels are WiredSafety’s award-winning teen cybersafety expert group who have been specially trained by the local law enforcement, and many other leading safety …