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Helping Kids Use Social Media Responsibly: An Educator’s Guide to “Social Media TestDrive”
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Daniel E. Vargas Campos, Education Content Specialist, Common Sense Education; and Dr. Yoon Hyung Choi, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Social Media Lab, Cornell University
Hosted by Jennifer Ehehalt, Sr. Regional Manager, Common Sense Education
Sponsored by Common Sense Education
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Social media has upended the way we communicate and changed the way we see both the world and ourselves. But the sea of change brought on by social media also presents a number of complicated challenges, particularly for younger users. It’s natural that kids and tweens want to explore social media but navigating that world without a guide can be overwhelming and even dangerous.
In this edWebinar, learn about Social Media TestDrive, a free educational tool created by researchers from Cornell University’s Social Media Lab in collaboration with Common Sense Education. Social Media TestDrive allows young people to navigate realistic scenarios and dilemmas they might encounter as users of social media in a safe virtual environment. By the end of the session:
- Learn about recent trends of media use among young people
- Understand how experiential learning is implemented in Social Media TestDrive
- Review a Social Media TestDrive module
- Know how to implement Social Media TestDrive modules in your classroom
- Identify ways to use Social Media TestDrive as a family engagement tool
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to elementary and middle school teachers.
About the Presenters
Daniel Vargas Campos is an education content specialist at Common Sense Education. He develops research-backed educational resources that support young people to thrive in a digitally interconnected world. He has over four years of experience as a content creator in the education technology space. Prior to joining Common Sense Education, Daniel was a graduate instructor and researcher at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education where he studied the impact of educational technologies in the lives of students from non-dominant backgrounds. He holds an MA in social and cultural studies from UC Berkeley and a BA in interdisciplinary studies from Tufts University.
Dr. Yoon Hyung Choi (Ph.D., Cornell University) is a postdoctoral research associate in Cornell University’s Social Media Lab. Her research examines computer-mediated communication, with a focus on online self-disclosure and well-being. She is interested in how people conduct social interactions and share personal information on social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, and the effect of these interactions on people’s psychological well-being and mental health. Her most recent work on the Social Media TestDrive project focuses on developing a social media education program for youth to promote digital citizenship and prosocial behaviors online.
About the Host
Jennifer Ehehalt is the Pittsburgh Regional Manager at Common Sense Education. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in education. She continues to partner with state-level organizations, school districts, and community organizations across the nation to help integrate Common Sense education resources. Jennifer provides educational leadership through consultation with school districts, professional development (both in-person and virtual), conference presentations, and parent universities. Jennifer sits on the Advisory Council for Kidsburgh and is a champion for Remake Learning Days Across America. Jennifer has a B.S. in elementary education and an M.Ed. in educational leadership. Jennifer was recently named 2019 Alumni of the Year from Edinboro University.
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