Jeff sits down with Colt Briner and Catlin Tucker to discuss ways we can teach our students to have a voice in todays digital society.
- What is the best way to create digital citizens
- How soon should we begin training our students internet safety?
- What type of voices should we give our students?
- Should we train our students in the parking lot or on the highway?
- How should teachers/parents/adults model positive digital behavior?
- What technology is safe and what is not safe for students of middle and high school ages?
- Are discussions critical to learning?
- Why take it online?
- Creating and a safe space online
- The art of asking questions
- Weaving it all together
Colt Briner is the vice-president and general manager of Democrasoft. Founded in 1991, Democrasoft is a leading provider of innovation in social collaboration and voting platforms for building successful online communities. He is co-creator of Collaborize Classroom, a free online learning platform which has been named one of the top social media tools for teachers by Mashable. As a former ESL teacher, Colt combines the perspectives of an educator and social media specialist to find solutions to help schools meet today’s challenges. He is a frequent speaker about education, technology and innovation at conferences and online webinars all over the nation.
Colt graduated from Willamette University with degrees in business economics and Japanese. Before joining Democrasoft, he worked as owner and president of an electronics company, which he grew and later sold in 2003. He also serves as a director at the Virtual Country Foundation, a California-based nonprofit exploring and developing technologies to improve democratic participation in businesses and institutions.
Catlin Tucker: I am a Google Certified Teacher and CUE Lead Learner. I teach 9th and 10th grade English language arts at Windsor High School in Sonoma County. I spent the 2011-2012 school year on leave from teaching while I finished writing my first book titled Blended Learning for Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create a Student-Centered Classroom (Corwin Publishing). I am an advocate for a teacher-designed blended learning model that encourages educators to engage students in active learning online using a range of Web 2.0 tools to complement traditional instruction.
In addition to writing, I spent my year off leading professional development (online and in person), designing curriculum and support resources, and speaking at EdTech events (CUE, TIES, FETC, ISTE, etc.) all over the country on subjects related to blended learning, flipped classroom, and online discussions.