My most recent post on my Education Week Blog discussed the importance of school leaders setting the tone in their schools surrounding the topic of online safety by ensuring that there is adequate training for staff and students. Whether there is widespread use of technological resources in your school or not, the fact of the matter is that your students are spending a great deal of time online interacting with people they know well and people they do not know at all. The one thing that makes all of our communities similar is that most parents are lagging well behind in their knowledge of just what their kids are up to online. Further complicating matters is the fact that most parents have no idea how to best support and monitor their children in their online endeavors.
While there are amazing learning opportunities to be had through building an online network, there are also pitfalls for those who do not navigate safely. With this in mind, some thoughtful educators here in the Northeast have created the first Digital Citizenship Summit which will take place October 3, 2015 at University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. The Summit’s clearly articulates the who would benefit from attending this event:
We are bringing together educators, parents, administrators, students, organization leaders, and industry–all of the stakeholders focused on improving tech use.
We are pleased to have a strong Burlington presence in this event with BHS senior Timmy Sullivan and BHS Mobile Learning Coach Jenn Scheffer joining a group of national experts on this impressive schedule.
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. 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.