What happens when you bring passionate educators together to talk about digital citizenship? A whole lot of deep thinking and rich conversations. The connections extended and expanded to others in diverse locations through active engagement on Twitter. These conversations will continue to ripple out from this event and impact many other digital citizenship discussions in days, weeks and the year to come.
My thanks to the organizing team for making this event happen. There is a need for these conversations, and this day delivered! Take a look at the DigCitSummitCA web site. Reach out, connect and collaborate with any one of the listed speakers. The repository of presentation notes is open and available too.
Some highlights from my day:
- finally meeting Stephen Hurley and watching him engage voices from the DigCitSummitCA with an unseen and unknown audience. His passion for VoiceEd Canada is exemplary and his motto “your voice is right here” was evident.
- meeting Noa Daniel for the first time, after spending so much time in conversations through a variety of media. She truly is a change agent, and a passion driven teacher and learner. I eagerly listened as she shared about the pilot project for OnEDMentorsConnect which is just heading into a second phase for connected, participatory mentorship for new educators beyond the boundaries of schools or systems.
- engaging with Allison Fuisz (from a coffee shop in Ottawa), Brock Baker and Jennifer Casa Todd to learn more about the @ONedSsChat willingly sharing how to set up and manage a class twitter account. The students who joined the conversation are powerfully presenting their passion for connections and conversations beyond the walls of their physical locations. I’m looking forward to participating in their next chat focusing on fake news and fact checking, being held during Media Literacy Week (#MediaLitWk) an annual event that is planned and supported by Media Smarts Canada.
- having a conversation with Matthew Johnson, Director of Education from Media Smarts Canada about the latest research report – The Digital Well Being of Canadian Families – and the ongoing work to promote and advocate media literacy education in Canada for teachers and educators – check out the Digital Literacy 101 for Teachers that has been developed and openly shared for use by educators, for educators across Canada, and beyond.
- learning with Julie Millan about building a digital presence as a professional. She challenged us to think about how we include digital citizenship work in how we do this. Her presentation notes – Go Google Yourself!
- earning about @McM_MsT and digging into permissions vs restrictions in building an online user agreement written by students
- writing a ‘persuade me’ letter to use Google Classroom for ‘fun stuff’
- take one classroom event to embed an element of digital citizenship
- teaching about the power of LIKE and how ‘likes’ in social media impacts mental health and self esteem
- sharing the site ‘I know where your cat lives‘ as a way to talk about geo-location settings
- being aware of your digital shadows – how do Google and Facebook know it’s your birthday?
- think before you click and click with compassion, with classroom posters available in French (Thx Larissa Aradj) as well as English.
- having a chance to talk to Sharon Drummond about the possibility of dropping into my class through a video conference session to talk share her sketch noting skills and how they tie into teaching and personal learning
- having a rich discussion about open education pedagogies and practices with Lillian Rigling, Sue Kwiecien, Andy Kwiecien, Patrick Miller, Noa Daniel, Rebecca Chambers, and others.
- reconnecting with Yana Bauer and meeting Neely Powell to continue building digital connections despite physical distances
- meeting up with Diane Maliszewski and sharing our interest in media education and @A_M_L connections, and reading her blog reflection on Monday Molly Musings.
After an event or conference, I take time to step back, look at the impact that speakers, presentations, and topics have on my thinking, my teaching, and my connections. These will continue to impact digital citizenship conversations in my classroom and for my students.
Thanks Jennifer Casa Todd for sharing your reflections today.
What strikes me today, as I reflect, is that the dust isn’t and shouldn’t settle! Just as Jennifer Casa-Todd reflected, these conversations need to continue, spread, and gain momentum. If this was the first DigCitSummitCA, I’m looking forward to seeing how this evolves and grows into next year’s event – with additional willing hands and voices to make this happen! I thank all those who worked tirelessly and supported financially to make this year’s event happen.