It seems like the pandemic has forced many of us to realize how connected today’s kids are. Just think about how much of their life is spent online vs. so little of ours – I’m speaking as a kid who grew up in the 80s and 90s – It’s such a shift in just one generation. We spend a lot of time talking about all of the ills of this connectivity, but how can it be harnessed for good?
To answer that question, I wanted to turn to Richard Culatta. He was appointed by President Obama as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education. In that capacity, he focused on expanding internet connectivity to schools across the country, promoting personalized learning, and developing a national ed tech plan. He’s also the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a nonprofit serving education leaders in 127 countries, currently serves as a senior fellow at NYU’s GovLab and as a design resident for the San Francisco-based innovation and design firm IDEO, and is now the author of DIGITAL FOR GOOD: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World.