How can librarians integrate discussions on digital citizenship, even without the benefit of a designated technology class, with tweens and teens? Manuela Aronofsky is a middle school technology integrator who engages with 10- to 14-year-olds on a daily basis. She will share some of the things she's learned from discussing online habits, trends, and activities with this age group. For those who want to start these conversations in their own library spaces, she'll share prompts and lessons that have been implemented successfully in the classroom.
Attendees can expect to:
Learn where and how tweens and teens are spending their time online, as well as a few prevailing online habits
Discover where collaboration opportunities exist for information professionals to discuss digital wellness with tweens and tweens
Better understand the middle school tech spectrum, including what changes from 5th to 8th grade, and what differences exist even within a single age group
Receive prompts and talking points for starting communication with tweens about their online habits. Learn what works to get the conversation started, and what doesn't
Manuela Aronofsky is the Middle School Technology Integrator and Digital Essentials teacher at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, where she previously worked as Middle School Library Assistant. She serves on the ALSC Children + Technology committee, and is interested in youth data and digital literacy; expanding inclusivity and cultural competency in the school library environment; coordinating volunteer work with the Prison Library Support Network; art librarianship; and teaching the act of reading as a community-building experience. She earned her MSLIS from Pratt Institute, with a concentration in Youth, Literacy, and Outreach.