DATE: October 29, 2018
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
International Expert on Technology and Children Will Highlight This Thursday’s Community Speaker Series for Albemarle County Public Schools
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – An international speaker and leader in educational technology will be featured this Thursday evening at a community conversation on “Parenting in the Digital Age.” The event is part of Albemarle County Public Schools’ Community Speaker Series.
Kenneth Shelton, who also is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Innovator, and a member of the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Education Task Force, will be talking with parents and community members at 6 p.m. in the media center at Albemarle High School.
“I’m looking forward to a conversation about what I call mindset over skillset,” Shelton says. “There’s a great deal of fear-mongering about the relationship between technology and kids,” he notes, “and that relationship certainly is complicated. But we should be encouraging our children to use technology to capitalize on their strengths.”
Shelton says that digital citizenship is not an option in today’s fast-paced world. While many studies predict that it is impossible to know which jobs will exist when today’s students are ready for careers, he says that’s where mindset comes in.
“It’s my view that technology, rather than isolating us, can be a powerful resource for social and emotional learning. If you can bring that value to an organization, you don’t need to guess which specific skill set to focus on,” he adds.
The community discussion will include real-time polling, so attendees on Thursday are asked to bring electronic devices to be able to participate. Computers will be made available for those who are not able to bring their own device.
Albemarle County Public Schools has been among the leading school divisions in the application of technology in contemporary education. The school division is a member of the League of Innovative Schools, a nationwide organization authorized by the U.S. Congress to advance innovation.
The division also has won national awards for its technology initiatives, such as its Learning Commons at Monticello High School, and was among the first in the nation to offer its K-12 students a free summer computer coding program. It also is working on a project to offer broadband computer access to families in the county currently unable to receive such service.
Jennifer Sublette, the school division’s Director of Professional Learning, said that Shelton’s appearance is another in a continuing series of community services offered by the school division to parents and other members of the community.
“We recognize that the best education systems are those that are collaborative, that reach out to the community. Anyone who has an interest in what it means to be a child in today’s fast-paced world or anyone who is a parent of a child in this digital age should attend, if possible. They will receive excellent insight into the risks and opportunities technology presents for families and communities.”
“Ken is an engaging speaker who brings a high-level perspective to a very complex subject, and I know all those who join us on Thursday will leave with a greater understanding of how technology can be an empowering asset for all of us,” she said.