CARD 2013 Conference

Adolescence in the Digital Age: The Fourth Annual CARD Conference
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9 am-2 pm, Hudson Auditorium, Mount Saint Mary College
Co-sponsored by The Mid-Hudson School Study Council

This event is open to the public. Teachers, counselors, school administrators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, social workers, and parents are encouraged to attend.

Conference Schedule

9:00 am Registration and Coffee
9:30-10:00 am Welcome and Introductions: Social Media and Adolescent Risk Behaviors
Frances R. Spielhagen, PhD and Paul D. Schwartz, PhD
Co-Directors, the Center for Adolescent Research and Development
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10:00-10:45 am Digital Resources for the Common Core: “Meshing Assessable with Accessible Learning: Harnessing the Learning Power of Technology in the Hands of Empowered Learners”
Presenter: Ludmila Smirnova, PhD, Professor, Mount Saint Mary CollegeThe environment of teaching has changed dramatically in significantly different but potentially supportive ways. Educational policy has changed. Our students have changed as learners. With the right preparation and understanding, teachers can use the power of student learners, enhanced by technology, to meet policy challenges that would be threatening, indeed, if they had to be addressed through conventional teaching.Ludmila Smirnova, PhD, is widely recognized for her leadership in applying emerging Internet technologies to instruction, serving as a key designer and facilitator of Moodle for Teachers, “Pedagogy of Engagement” workshops at Integrating Technology for Long Life Learning (IT4ALL), and conducting collaborative projects globally. As Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY since 2001, she regularly teaches courses in Curricular Planning, Methods of Teaching, and Teaching with Technology. She is a certified Smart Board trainer. Previously she was professor of education at Volgograd State Pedagogical University (Russia), where she also served as Dean of the School of Foreign Languages. Her prolific publications include books, chapters, papers and conference presentations world-wide.
11:00-11:45 am Cyber-Bullying and Other Web-Based Crimes: Resources for Schools
Presenter: Investigator Christopher Jones, NY State Troopers, Troop F
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11:45 am-12:15 pm Lunch
12:15-1:00 pm wasz gud B.I.G.? Adolescent Digitalk as Conformity and Resistance
Presenter: Kristen Turner, PhD, Associate Professor, Fordham UniversityTexting is ruining the English language. Or is it? Adolescents in the digital age sometimes appear attached to their phones, and as they communicate via devices, they often adopt non-standard language. This digitalk blends elements of formal and informal writing that defines teens as members of a specific community – a community of digital writers. Digitalk bonds them even as it separates them from adults, who often do not understand, nor approve of, their linguistic practices. This presentation showcases digitalk as both conformity and resistance, the perfect outlet for adolescence.Dr. Kristen Turner is an associate professor in the Fordham Graduate School of Education. A former high school English and social studies teacher, Turner works with in-service and pre-service teachers across content areas to build students’ literacy skills. Her research focuses on the teaching of writing and the effects of technology on written composition. She is a Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project and director of the Digital Literacies Collaborative at Fordham University.
1:15-2:00 pm “Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Oh My! Navigating the digital yellow brick road” What’s new on the digital horizon?
Presenter: Alex Valentin, Director of Information Technology, Mount Saint Mary CollegeUsing digital tools to enhance and improve your classroom does not take the “wizards of IT.” This workshop will present a brief study on social media, blogs, wikis, and other tools to enhance your classroom and teaching experience. Apps can be fun and open new roads to connected learning. No need to be the cowardly lion and be afraid of the technology, or scarecrow and feel you don’t have the “brain” for IT. Take heart tin man, all is not lost. Tips, tricks, and helpful hints are all it takes to get you started.Alex Valentin has been in the IT industry for close to 35 years and has worked in the banking sector, the pharmaceutical sector, and the Internet Communication and Health Care sectors for the last 12 years for AT&T, Dun and Bradstreet, Fleet Bank, Merck, and Qwest communication. He has focused on technology and training in business and in public education.

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