Teaching Social Advocacy in the Digital Age


Social media and VR are thought to encourage less human contact; however, young people can be taught to use these tools to build rather than damage empathy. This session examines how to teach students to leverage their social emotional skills while using technology. By prompting students to rethink their social networks as avenues for cultural change, we will explore the dimensions of digital advocacy and discuss how educators can teach their students to wield their social handles for good.

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  1. Schools can incorporate social media lessons into their curricula in order to prompt students to consider the gravity of digital activity.
  2. Educators should be teaching students to examine their own digital behavior to recognize the impact their social handles wield.
  3. Curriculums need to be flexible to account for emerging realms of learning in the digital age.



Lisa Trask, Chief Marketing Officer, Beaver Country Day School

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  • Tags: diversity, student voice
  • Event: SXSW EDU
  • Format: Talk
  • Track: Leadership
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  • Level: Field Experience

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