Politics, Social Media, and Mobile Technology: Ensuring Ethics and Equity

ID: 53877 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Stephanie Huffman, Erin Shaw, and Stacey Loyless, University of Central Arkansas, United States

Tuesday, March 19 1:45 PM-2:05 PM

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In cultivating creativity in teaching and learning, an awareness of ethical practice and ensuring equity of opportunities for all is paramount (Burge, 2007). Digital leadership and mindful consideration of the task of balancing creativity and protection demands our attention in the redesign of educational environments. The underpinning to these issues lies in answering the following: 1. What responsibility does educator prep programs have in regard to preparing future teachers, school librarians, tech specialists and other educational leaders for the challenges that face P-12 organizations as they confront these issues? 2. What are the benefits and pitfalls of using social networking tools and mobile devices in P-12 education? 3. What are the implications fake news and propaganda social media sites on the development of P-12 students? On policy development in P-12 education? 4. How do we protect an individual’s right to privacy (e.g. private life vs. professional life)? 5. How do we protect the intellectual freedom of our most vulnerable patrons? 6. What role does professional development play in navigating this challenging issue? This paper brings to light the issues faced with the use of social media and mobile technology and how to plan and navigate the issues effectively. Ensuring ethical use and equitable access to all is paramount in the development of young minds.


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