Leading Digital Change on October 3rd

In less than three weeks, thanks to Dr. Marialice Curran and David Ryan Polgar, I’ll be joining the country’s leading digital citizenship experts, including members of the #digcit Twitter chat moderation team, and will present at the nation’s first Digital Citizenship Summit at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. I’m honored to have the opportunity to shape a national conversation about digital citizenship, the umbrella term used for appropriate, responsible tech and Internet use and to share how educators can provide students with meaningful, real-world digital citizenship learning opportunities. The focus of my presentation will be on how teachers across the curriculum can empower secondary students to leverage social media to create a positive and professional digital identity, allowing them to achieve their personal and academic goals.

The Digital Citizenship Summit features an incredible line up of widely recognized national speakers aiming to improve student use of technology, with a focus on online interaction including cyberbullying, security threats, online reputation, the need for more empathy and kindness and issues surrounding social media. Presenters range from parents, administrators, teachers, tech industry experts. I’m especially excited that my Help Desk student, Timmy Sullivan, will also be presenting. The range of topics being presented at the Summit makes it appropriate for all education stakeholders including teachers, librarians and media specialists, administrators, technologists, parents, and community members. Tickets are $50 ($15 for students) and the price of admission includes a light breakfast and lunch. Tickets make be purchased at tickets.usj.edu. More details about the Summit can be found at digcitsummit.com.

Please consider attending this important event, encourage your school administrative team to do the same, and discover how you can become part of leading digital change in your school district. Remember, “what happens in digital citizenship tomorrow is decided today!” We owe it to our students to help them become savvy and safe citizens of our complex digital world. The first step towards achieving this goal is through education!

The Summit schedule is shown below and I hope to see you there for a full day of learning, connecting, and sharing!

7:30 am           Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
9:00 am          Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 am           Panel Discussion
10:30 am         Session I Break Out Sessions
11:30 am         Poster Sessions & Lunch in McGovern
1:00 pm          Session II Break Out Sessions
2:00 pm          Session III Break Out Sessions
3:00 pm          Session IV Break Out Sessions
4:30 pm          Reception & Networking

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from the nation’s leading experts in digital citizenship!

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Click the image to read the full bios of the Digital Citizenship Summit presenters!

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