Living in a Smartphone World

  • On Wednesday, December 6, 2018 Newton Superintendent David Fleishman hosted a forum entitled: “Living in a Smartphone World: What does it mean for students, families, and educators?” Inspired by the Atlantic Monthly piece entitled “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?", the forum provided information and resources on the impact of technology and social media, as well as the opportunity to discuss the role of educators and families in navigating this space. 

    Did you miss the forum? You can view the original broadcast on the district Facebook page ( or on NewTV (check broadcast schedule here.)

Moderator & Panelists

  • To provide you with information and to guide our discussion, we are thrilled to be joined by:

    Kerry Gallagher (panelist)

    Kerry Gallagher is a Digital Learning Specialist at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She’s also the Director of K-12 Education for, an EdSurge Columnist, and an active blogger. Kerry’s passions and the focus of her work include empowering teachers, students and parents to learn with digital tools and resources and educating school communities about both the positive power and privacy concerns that come with social media use. Please visit her website for more information:

    Catherine Steiner-Adair (panelist)

    Author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which the wonders of technology and media also change how children learn and grow. An expert specializing in child development, education, parenting, and workplace/family balance, she speaks and consults on a wide range of topics, including best practices for a healthy and thoughtful approach to technology at school, home, and work. Please visit her website for more information:

    Beth Teitell (moderator)

    Beth Teitell is a reporter at the Boston Globe, where she aims to capture the zeitgeist of modern day life. She has been a commentator on National Public Radio's Marketplace and is a regular guest on local radio programs. She is a former Boston Herald columnist.