CHICAGO, Sept. 18, 2013 – Bombarded by technology in every aspect of their lives, do today's young students have the skills, knowledge and maturity to master responsible digital citizenship? Follett, a leading educational solutions provider based in Illinois, will host an important panel discussion exploring the question on Tuesday (Sept. 24) as part of Social Media Week Chicago, a biannual worldwide event that tackles the social, cultural and economic impact of social media.
"Helping students and young adults become responsible digital citizens: It's about their future" is the title of the one-hour panel discussion that begins at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) at Chicago Architecture Foundation.
The panel of experts will feature:
- Dr. Mike Ribble, co-author of the book "Digital Citizenship in Schools," whose work on digital citizenship was the culmination of a three-year dissertation project. He has worked in both the education and technology fields, and has lectured at schools and conferences nationally and internationally on the subject.
- Kristin Ziemke, co-author of the book "Connecting Comprehension and Technology," who is an Apple Distinguished Educator and past winner of Chicago's Tech Innovator of the Year award. A teacher and staff developer for Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago, Ziemke will discuss how her students are safely blogging and social networking.
- Dan Miller, senior director of human resources for Echo Global Logistics in Chicago, who will talk about the importance of responsible digital citizenship from a human resources and recruitment vantage point.
- Simona Rollinson, president of technology and software for Follett School Solutions, who has nearly 20 years of professional experience of leading change and driving technology innovation. Rollinson has been instrumental in helping Follett carry out its mission of helping K-12 educators increase student achievement throughout the use of technology and content.
The panelists will explore how abuse of technology can carry consequences that live well beyond the moment young people hit send on their computer or mobile device. They also will delve into how digital citizenship can be effectively taught so that students understand the risks associated with making personal information public, and protecting their own digital footprint, especially as they move on to pursue college admission and employment.
Social Media Week Chicago, which runs from Monday through Friday, Sept. 27, is part of a worldwide event with local presence and global reach across five continents. Its mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information.
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For more information about Social Media Week Chicago, or how to attend any of the weeklong events, click here.
For more information about Follett, visit http://www.follettlearning.com.
About Follett's K-12 Business
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
About Follett Corporation
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today, Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.