Reimagining School: Opportunity, Safety, and Privacy in the Social Lives of Networked Teens

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Golden Apple Foundation, National Louis University and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E Grand Avenue Chicago IL 60611




Social media has changed the way teenagers learn, communicate, and participate in civic life. Educators are being challenged to increase connected learning opportunities for students while struggling with bandwidth, infrastructure and equipment limitations. New technology, and new ways of connecting with peer and learning networks has also created new concerns about identity, privacy, safety, and bullying. In this forum we will explore: How do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? How is it shaping the way kids learn and engage in their world? And how do parents and educators balance the need for a safe online environment without hindering teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions? Join this moderated, interactive, and lively discussion with two leading experts in digital media and learning for their insights on the lives of networked teens.

Our expert panelists for the evening will be:

• danah boyd, youth culture and social media expert at Microsoft Research; author of “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”

• Samuel E. Dyson, Director, Hive Chicago Learning Network, Mozilla Foundation

*Reception to follow panel discussion.


Venue & Location

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

800 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611