This article was posted in the last NAIS newsletter we received and I thought it was worth re-sharing. It explores the contradictions between the values we strive to instil in our students at school and the norms that rule the online world. Steiner-Adair also mentions the stress that living in this dual world can cause our students as well as some solutions for moving forward:
As learning becomes more screen-based, and students connect and learn together outside of regular school hours, it’s essential to balance increased tech use with stronger programs in social-emotional learning and other steps to help students manage their dual lives in their bicultural online/offline school community. Schools can reboot advisory systems, core curriculum, faculty training, and parent education. Schools should regularly assess with all constituents how tech integration is going, looking particularly to see if technology is undermining school culture, and, if so, find ways to strengthen school spirit. There is nothing here that we, as educators, can’t do and can’t help with. The most dangerous thing is to be in denial.
I am in total agreement.
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