We at edSocialMedia are excited about sponsoring this weekend’s TEDxNYED event being hosted by our friends at Collegiate School. I have the lucky task of representing ESM at the event, and I plan to take full advantage of the opportunity to participate in the discussion with an impressive list of presenters and attendees. The live feed will be here if you aren’t going to be there. As I think about tomorrow, I have a few topics into which I hope to gain some insight. In no particular order:

1) How to navigate from Maine to NYC.

Anyone who knows me will be nodding as they read that. I’m counting on my Australian accented GPS, Claire, to keep me pointed in the right direction. The rest of the list doesn’t happen without success here…

2) How can we train the trainers/empower faculty to adopt and teach creative commons?

Availability of information is great, but in what context is it available? As so much data is shared, how do we respect copyrights and encourage both proper use of existing content as well as champion the creative commons vision that fits so much better in the digital age.

3) What does the future hold for the school library?

Does the near ubiquitous availability of digital media threaten the existence libraries, or does it make a re-imagined library – complete with librarians trained to navigate the crowded information waters – even more important as a place to separate the wheat from the chaff?

4) What are the societal impacts of new media?

I am looking forward to hearing Mike Wesch’s and Henry Jenkins’ impressions in particular. I enjoy the benefits of being “connected” on the social web, but I do wonder what virtual connection means to personal relationships.

5) How do new and developing technologies impact the teaching and learning of history?

Of course, I am interested in how it impacts all teaching and learning, but there is something about the juxtaposition of past and future that make history in particular an interesting topic to consider. History was my favorite subject before I turned my attention to psychology in college, and I turned back to history when I decided to teach. At the time, I found the Internet and CDRom based encyclopedias in particular to be great assets. More than 10 years have passed since I last taught history, and I can only imagine how teachers can employ the arsenal of digital media now available as they introduce their students to the past.

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Steve Ritchie

Steve Ritchie

Co-founder at edSocialMedia | The Proof Group

Steve is a co-founder of edSocialMedia and of The Proof Group. He is a former independent school teacher, coach and dorm parent who loves that his jobs keep him in the middle of the school world.