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Emotional Intelligence and EdTech: Essentials for 21st Century Classrooms

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September 7, 2022
12:00 PM
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1:00 PM
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September 7, 2022
12:00 PM
 - 
1:00 PM
Webinar

A full recording of this webinar is available on FOSI’s YouTube channel. View it here.

On September 7th, the Family Online Safety Institute hosted a webinar on Emotional Intelligence and EdTech: Essentials for 21st Century Classrooms. In 2022, the back to school season looks different from any other year, as educators incorporate the best aspects of technological developments from the past two pandemic years into predominantly in-person classrooms. This panel of experts was moderated by Laura Tierney of The Social Institute, and featured Jimmeka Anderson of the National Association for Media Literacy Education; Richard Culatta of the International Society for Technology in Education; and Amy Koester of the Association of Library Service to Children.

Panelists explored the concept of empowered learning through curiosity, creativity, and communication, as well as innovative ways that educators can foster digital learning environments. Specifically, the speakers discussed how technology is often presented to children as a list of “don’ts,” even though it is more nuanced than a binary good-or-bad tool for learning. The panelists acknowledged that learning to be a digital citizen is a complex skill and, like anything, takes practice. 

The panel discussed tips on making learning more fun and engaging by meeting students at their level and borrowing from their creative experiences with technology to inform lesson planning. Additional tips included: building communities and opportunities for collaboration, and modeling good digital habits as adults through inclusion, communication, and consistency.

The panelists acknowledged that educators are tasked with many responsibilities and this community seeks efficient ways to incorporate technology into classrooms after the global pandemic led to a vast increase in reliance on devices for learning. They noted that educators can use the knowledge they already have about tech as a starting point to expand their understanding of digital and media literacy. The panelists believe that now is the time to set guidelines for students about how to use technology appropriately, while also making the most of  the digital tools that were introduced during the pandemic. Finally, the panelists shared that we can achieve success in building emotional intelligence among students through collaboration, conversations, and by establishing genuine, open relationships with young people.

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Laura Tierney

Founder & CEO

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The Social Institute

Laura Tierney is the Founder and CEO of The Social Institute, empowering students and their role models to navigate social-emotional health, social media, and technology positively. A social media expert, educator, and technologist, she created the pioneering, best-in-class #WinAtSocial Program by combining her standout sports leadership experience with her career managing social media for world-class brands. As a digital native herself, she is bridging the gap between adults and students as the nation’s leader in positive social media education that students respect.

Laura Tierney

Founder & CEO
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The Social Institute

Jimmeka Anderson

Project Manager, Cyber Citizenship Initiative

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National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)

Jimmeka Anderson received her Ph.D. in Urban Education and is an author, media literacy educator, advisor, and consultant for several national organizations such as the American Library Association, Women’s Sports Foundation, US Department of Education's Office of Education Technology, 9 Story Media, and WestEd. Currently, she serves as a Project Manager for the Cyber Citizenship Initiative with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and as a Program Fellow for New America. Jimmeka is the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the MEdia, Inc. She has been featured in WIRED Magazine, the Washington Post, on NPR 1A, Good Morning America, and in the Trust Me Documentary released in Fall 2020. Her recent book with coauthor Kelly Czarnecki Power Lines: Connecting with Teens in Urban Communities through Media Literacy will be published by ALA Neal-Schuman in Fall 2022.

Jimmeka Anderson

Project Manager, Cyber Citizenship Initiative
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National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)

Richard Culatta

Chief Executive Officer

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International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Richard Culatta, chief executive officer, brings vast experience in education policy, teacher preparation, educational technology and innovation to his role with ISTE. Culatta is a longtime ISTE member and a past recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award.

Prior to joining ISTE, Culatta served as the chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island. In this role, he focused on developing partnerships to improve opportunities for students, including launching a program to make Rhode Island the first state to offer computer science in every K-12 school and creating a state vision for personalized learning.

As the director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology, Culatta was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country, promote personalized learning and develop the National Education Technology Plan. He also pioneered new ways for the department to engage with educators and tech developers.

Prior to his role with the Department of Education, Culatta served as an education policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. He was also the learning technologies adviser for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University where he redesigned the technology component of the teacher prep program. He also served as the director of operations for the Rose Education Foundation, which brought the first internet connections to schools in rural Guatemala.

Culatta began his career in the classroom as a high school teacher and, across his career, has coached educators and national leaders around the world on using technology as a tool to reimagine learning.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching and a master's in educational psychology and technology, both from Brigham Young University.

Richard Culatta

Chief Executive Officer
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International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Amy Koester

Learning Experiences Manager at Skokie Public Library

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2022-2023 President of the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Amy Koester is the Learning Experiences Manager at Skokie Public Library and the 2022-2023 President of the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC). She co-authored ALSC’s 2015 white paper, Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth, and she continues to work in media mentorship with colleagues from both libraries and educational nonprofits. Now in more managerial roles, both in her library and in ALSC, Amy enjoys being able to support fellow library workers of all types to have the knowledge and resources they need to realize their ideas for serving their communities.

Amy Koester

Learning Experiences Manager at Skokie Public Library
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2022-2023 President of the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC)

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