Fostering Meaningful Youth Dialogue in Digital Spaces


conversation-545621_640Teachers have hopes for young people to share their voices, connect, and learn with others in a global, digitally-mediated world. The challenges of digital spaces create opportunities for uncivil, hateful, or overall trivial and unsubstantial dialogue.  In this webinar for the Digital Citizenship community, presenter Chris Sloan, High School Teacher and PhD Candidate at Michigan State University, shared how to foster civil, meaningful and respectful dialogue among young people in digital spaces, particularly for cross-cultural awareness and learning. He discussed specific techniques such as “conversation moves” and thinking routines to support civil, positive dialogue online, with a focus on middle and high school students. View the webinar to learn about Chris’s work fostering youth dialogue with students, seeing examples from Youth Voices, Out of Eden, KQED Do Now, Twitter, and PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs.

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Digital Citizenship is a professional learning community (PLC) that provides ideas and discussions about how to help kids be safe, responsible, and respectful participants in a digital world.  This community will help you stay connected, share ideas, and get support from colleagues on issues such as: cyberbullying, privacy, digital footprints, copyright and plagiarism, information literacy, and Internet safety.  This program is hosted by Common Sense Education.

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