Legislative Session

Thursday, June 7
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
102 Textor Hall

On Technology in Schools

Educators have always faced huge expectations from parents, administrators, community leaders, legislators, and more. In the 21st century, we now face a new wave of expectations surrounding technology and social media, and how they fit within our schools.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new to the field of college admission counseling, this rapidly shifting landscape of technology and social media can be both exciting and daunting. For our students and children, technology and social media are tools they use every day and typically know more about than we do.

Social media research tells us that worldwide, as of May 2011, roughly 177.5 million Facebook users are between the ages of 13 and 17—the very students we counsel. Why are we surprised that many of our students don’t feel engaged by a curriculum designed in the 20th century? Why are we struggling to embrace technology that can bring us closer to those we are trying to educate?

Furthermore, there are growing concerns about an epidemic of cyberbullying. As educators, what is our role in this “new era”? What can we do to help create legislation that will protect both us and the students that we counsel?

About Patrick Larkin

Patrick Larkin is the principal of Burlington High School in Massachusetts, where he is in his 15th year as a high school administrator and eighth as a building principal. He was recently selected as one of three national Digital Principal Award winners by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Larkin’s school has recently made the transition to a 1:1 environment for the 2011–2012 school year after distributing over 1,000 iPads to staff and students. He is one of the founders of the Connected Principals Blog and #cpchat on Twitter. He is one of the authors of the Super Book of Web Tools for Educators, an avid blogger, and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process. His article “Getting Connected” was published in September’s issue of Principal Leadership.

You can find his blog at patrickmlarkin.com.

Patrick Larkin

Patrick Larkin

Principal, Burlington High School
Burlington, Massachusetts