RESOURCE: TheirSpace: Educating Digitally Ethical Teens

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At SxSWedu 2012, Jac de Haan, lead innovator at Tech With Intent and Ted Kalmus, who is the Head of School at Billings Middle School gave a talk on educating digitally ethical teens.

According to de Haan the goal of the talk was to lay the groundwork for a Digital Ethics curriculum alongside other elements of technology integration, particularly trying to link “non-native users” with digital natives.  His school has seen a decline in online harassment, and increases in teens using the tools described to resolve conflicts in sophisticated ways.

I’ve attached his slideshare below.

As well, educators who attended used the hashtag #theirspace to ask questions and further explore the ideas presented during the presentation.  A transcript of that is available on the site storify:

To read Jac’s blog about the talk , visit   Tech with Intent  is generally excellent and thoughtful, and well worth reading and following.


 Adam Gertsacov is the co-founder and co-organizer of Digital Family Summit.  He wears many hats, including those of a professional clown, an author and publisher, an artist/educator, a non-profit administrator, a P.T. Barnum impersonator, a flea circus impresario, and the esteemed hat of the Clown Laureate of Greenbelt, Maryland.  

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