Sponsor Spotlight: The Digital Citizenship Institute

Last year, the inaugural Digital Citizenship Summit offered its support to Edcamp Connecticut, helping us to make our unconference possible.  This year, the team behind the Summit is once again sponsoring Edcamp CT through the next phase of their initiatives: The Digital Citizenship Institute.  Thank you for being a Silver Sponsor and a supporter of teachers’ professional development in CT and around the world!

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The Digital Citizenship Institute turns the pervasive negative into the positive by providing the research, curriculum and instruction, consulting, coaching and professional development needed to help students be knowledge constructors, innovative designers, creative thinkers, communicators and global collaborators and leaders as they learn to humanize the person next to them, as well as across the screen. The Institute is committed to altering how the use of technology and social media is being used in and out of schools. Digital citizenship has been defined by Dr. Mike Ribble, author of Digital Citizenship in Schools as “the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.” Historically, digital citizenship has been an add-on to curriculum and professional development with a heavy emphasis on safety and what to avoid. The Digital Citizenship Institute provides a community-driven approach to educating and empowering all community stakeholders to become leaders who think and act at a local, global, and digital level.
The Digital Citizenship Summit held its inaugural event last October at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT and we’re excited to announce that the upcoming Digital Citizenship Summit is being held at Twitter Headquarters on October 28, 2016. The Summit is a global network of conferences and projects focused on the safe, savvy & ethical use of social media and tech. We are building a community of people, organizations, and businesses to be the digital change. Sign up to join schools around the world on October 28th to participate in our the Digital Citizenship Summit online. For more information, contact marialice@digcitinstitute.com.

Another exciting initiative happening through the Institute this year is DigCitKids, a K-12 student ambassador program amplifying student voice. Join the DigCitKids in monthly #digcit challenges by following @DigCitKids and #digcitkids. For more information, contact CKO (Chief Kid Officer) @CurranCentral.

Website (still under development): http://digcitinstitute.com/
Twitter handle: @digcitinstitute
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