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Age 65, had first Internet connection in my school set up in pre WWW days by my young son, age 12 and his best friend, age 13. My son is now an adult QA for a small computer company - computers were a life safer for him (not having been made for traditional schools although he made it through college)- but also opened his world to at too young an age to difficult connections. Working with middle school students, I am interested in promoting both classroom learning that matches the opportunities available in today's world via technology, but also helping to create frameworks that enable students learn how to use both the factual and social information successfully. Current strong interests include: bringing d.school thinking into the classroom as developed at Stanford University and helping to develop a thread in education beginning in elementary years that will help students grow into responsible users of social technologies. The recent death of a friend's 14 year-old-son directly related to a series of angry text messages has given me renewed impetus to help work on this problem. When he died, so too did the child who survived and will never be able to forgive his remarks. Adolescents are so emotionally wired, they easily become victims of their own needs.