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MASA Leader Winter 2013

MASA Feature Look Both Ways, Continued from page 13 the Web as the new platform which will We need to teach our kids to be good require a set of skills critical to success. digital citizens. Even more importantly, This applies to new technologies as well. we need to teach our kids to be great For high income families, 55 percent of We should also be asking ourselves, what digital leaders! The world’s information is kids have used a smart phone or a tablet. do we need to teach our kids so they are at our fingertips, we must take advantage For low income families, that number safe online? How do we teach them to of it. As my teacher friend says, “What drops to 22 percent. In fact, 38 percent of stay secure? How do we teach them to students post and share online should low income parents say they don’t even protect themselves and their information? be the reason why they get into know what an app is. In case you were How do we teach them about privacy, college, not the reason they don’t.” wondering, it’s only 3 percent for high and what is the right and wrong way to income parents. interact with each other? Let’s teach our kids how to cross the street. So even if they were learning how to be Things are certainly getting better, like in good digital citizens at home, and we all the case of Chicago Public Schools lifting Jaime Casap is the Senior Education Evangelist know that most of them are not, then we its ban on YouTube® to help expand at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power are failing a good portion of our students, digital learning. and potential of technology and Google tools in the ones who probably need the skills the education. He helps educational organizations most. We need a different approach. We Filtering bad content and sites is essential across the world find ways to utilize these tools need to teach our kids how to cross the but not in the way many school systems do in support of new learning models. digital street and turn their Web experi- it. Broad filters that catch everything, ence into something positive. We need to including sites like National Geographic, get parents involved. We need to look at aren’t very useful. 14 MASA LEADER • January 2013


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