Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership by Jennifer Casa-Todd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jennifer Casa-Todd has set a high bar for herself in tackling this multi-faceted concept of leveraging social media to engage students in digital leadership. Her book is densely-packed with examples of how teachers and students negotiate the use of social media to support their innovative, and often, entrepreneurial ideas for social change. A full range of North American teachers will find value in this read which talks about moving from classroom to nationwide impact strategies.
The chapter that had the most impact on me as an educator is called “Build Bridges: Crucial Conversations” which covers using social media to emphasize student voice and essentially flattening hierarchies in education to make sure that students are well-represented on each level of decision-making. Casa-Todd argues that the authentic use of social media in schools does this.
In another chapter Casa-Todd attempts to cover empathy, justice and character and could do well by now writing smaller strategy books to deal with each of these on their own. I will look forward to her extension of her ideas in this book in her next volumes to follow.
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