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Live from NCT1 2009: Social Media and Assistive Tech in the Classroom

November 16 2009 | by


On a panel with social media innovators and educators, Andy Carvin (@acarvin) moderated a discussion on the different social media channels available to students and others. Carvin is a social media strategist for NPR and the author of EdWeb: Exploring Technology & School Reform.

Other panelists included Steve Hargadon, founder of the Classroom 2.0 social network; Lee Rainie (@lrainie), director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a think tank that studies the social impact of the Internet; and Michael Levine, executive director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center, which supports research and investments in media technology for young children.

The panel began with an excellent slideshow on how teens use technology today. Some examples: 14% of online kids blog; 54% read blogs; 55% use wikipedia; and 73% use social networks. You can view it here. (Thanks, @lrainie!)

As brilliant as all these guys are, there was, unfortunately, not much discussion on assistive technology. The panel would have been better served by fusing these educational and social media technology experts with some folks who know how kids with disabilities can benefit from them.

  • andy carvin

    Unfortunately none of the four of us has a background in assistive tech; we were asked to offer a broader overview about the role of social media in education. Next time it’d be great to have some AT specialists with social media experience, no doubt about it.

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