Category Archives: iCitizenship

Students are the Solution at #DigCitSummit


 

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#digcitsummit student speaker Timmy Sullivan

As I reflect on the 1st Digital Citizenship Summit this past weekend, my heart is full.

My favorite part of the Summit was the presence and voice of students. The only permanent solution to changing school climate, addressing bullying/cyberbullying and learning how to humanize the person next to you, as well as across the screen is more student voice.

We need more students like Timmy Sullivan, our invited high school speaker from Burlington High School in Massachusetts. His session was packed as he shared the need for more student voice in personalizing learning. His impressive online presence is a reflection of both his choices and character which further exemplifies what it means to be the same person both on and offline.

How do we get more student voice in our classrooms?

  1. We start early and often. We embed digital citizenship into everything we do both online and offline.
  2. We model and teach empathy in everything we do, in every classroom, both in and out of the classroom.
  3. We encourage our students to do digital citizenship – not just read or write about it.

Our students are the solution. Engage them in this critical conversation.

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My son sharing closing remarks #digcitsummit

How will we get more students like Timmy Sullivan in our classrooms and in our communities? More student voice. We need to begin this conversation before devices are in the hands of our toddlers. We need to have our elementary aged students, like my son who joined me on stage for the closing remarks do digital citizenship and experience what empathy kindness and global collaboration looks like through projects like blogging, Global Read Aloud, Mystery Skype, etc.

If we start with our youngest learners, we will model best practices and will make digital citizenship a verb. As a result, we will help produce socially responsible, ethical and savvy students who think and act at a local, global and digital level simultaneously – like Timmy Sullivan and my son and all students – everywhere.

*A HUGE thank you to my current and former students who helped plan, volunteer and present at the Summit! You are why I do what I do! #FYS15 #ed536 #ed570

*Some of my other favorite examples of students “doing” digital citizenship: iCitizen Project and the iConstitution, for students by students.

Connected Educator Month #ce14 + Connected Student Month #cs14 + #digcit + #stuvoice during National Bullying Month in October = Grandslam


Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 10.42.05 AMWhat a combination! Excited to get more student’s involved during the month of October in conjunction with Connected Educator Month and National Bullying Month. I’ll be co-moderating the #digcit chat on October 8, 2014 at 7pm EST with my #ed536 graduate students.  We will encourage connected educators to engage their students in #cs14 activities during the month to promote digital citizenship awareness – including more opportunities to do kindness, model empathy, create positive school climate, and stop bullying.  If there is ever going to be a solution – we need our students to take the lead!  Please join us all month long using the #cs14 hashtag in conjunction with #ce14 and invite your students to join the #digcit chat on October 8th!

Resources to help you plan #cs14 activities:

Stomp Out BullyingPACER CenterCommon Sense Media – Resources for National Bullying MonthSpark KindnessBullyBust; National Child Traumatic Stress Network; StopBullying.

Would love to hear what activities you are planning for #cs14! Count us in for any opportunities to connect and collaborate!

The Tweet Seen Around the World


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Dear PLN:

Please help me show the power of Twitter during the 2013 International Education Week on our campus.  I’m presenting, “The Tweet Heard Around the World” and will be sharing the benefits of embedding social media into higher education with particular emphasis on teacher education.  It is my hope that my presentation will support the need for iCitizenship in teacher education to further support global collaboration with classrooms, students and teachers across the country and around the world via Twitter.

Please leave a comment below sharing where you are from and any comments. Also, I’d be most appreciative if you would RT this blog post to see if we can get it seen/heard around the world!

Thank you for sharing your time, talent and passion with the world!

*Here’s the link to the presentation I did for the 13th Annual International Week. This entire project has been so inspiring! My 7 year old was actively involved keeping a tally on all the locations that have responded.  He looked up every place on a world map and as a result started his first blog.  He wants to keep the geography lesson going, so please take a moment to visit his blog, Around the World With Curran and leave a comment where you are from and a fun fact about your location.  Make sure you see my son as a guest blogger for Angela Maier too!

What’s your digital constitution?


What’s your digital constitution?

One of my graduate students created this digital constitution with her sixth grade class last semester and as I write this post, I hope more teachers and classrooms will be encouraged to do the same.

I’ve become more aware that teachers are unsure how to teach digital citizenship. Teaching a lesson or a unit is not the answer.  We need to model and engage our students in this critical conversation on a daily basis and I can’t think of a better way than to create a digital constitution for your classroom, school and community!

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Great reminder: We are the world!


After yesterday’s s shooting in Ohio, I was immediately brought back to my early years of teaching in the 90’s when we spent more mornings with a moment of silence for a school shooting than I care to remember.  By 1999 and the massacre at Columbine High School, fear permeated through our schools, our hallways and our classrooms.  Fast forward to 2012 and I find myself professionally grounded in all things surrounded and related to digital citizenship.

Last night I kept waking up and I found myself singing We Are The World.  I began writing this post in my head.  Why does the color of our skin, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual identity and gender define us?  We all feel love, pain and loss no matter where we live, the language we speak or our family dynamics.  In our humanity we can find more things that make us the same than different.  Why don’t we recognize and celebrate this more?

Today I read this quote by Jodee Blanco and it says it all, “Bullying is about kids needing compassion and my perspective is the bully and the victim are the flipside of the same coin. They both need compassion.  Bullying isn’t just the mean things you do, it’s all the nice things you never do.”  The lyrics that played in my head all night support this:

There comes a time when we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And its time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can’t go on pretending day by day
That someone, somehow will soon make a change
We are all a part of Gods great big family
And the truth, you know,
Love is all we need

We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So lets start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
Its true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

What are you going to do today to celebrate our humanity, model and teach empathy and make a difference to all the students that are in your classroom and your school?  Our world need us to make this a priority!

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#iCit21: iCitizenship Town Hall Meeting on 2/9


In October, I was lucky to watch the live streamed event: Stand Up to Cyberbullying Town Hall Meeting at the Fields Museum in Chicago.  I was amazed that I was in Connecticut and still able to participate in this critical conversation.  During the event, I thought we need to engage more people in this conversation all over the country and world!  The very next day, I started planning how we could have a Town Hall Meeting on our campus.  Thrilled that it has become a reality! Please use #iCit21 to follow and live tweet our Town Hall Meeting.  The event will be live streamed on http://dialogue21.wordpress.com.

The School of Education at Saint Joseph College presents:

iCitizenship Town Hall Meeting

Moderated by Brad Drazen – NBC Connecticut News Anchor

Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Bruyette Athenaeum’s Hoffman Auditorium

1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford

WEST HARTFORD, CONN. – The School of Education at Saint Joseph College, in collaboration with SAGE (Student Advisory Group in Education), will present an iCitizenship Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in The Bruyette Athenaeum’s Hoffman Auditorium located on the College’s West Hartford campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue. Admission is free of charge and the community is cordially invited to participate. Join us for this event which will engage students, teachers, parents, administrators and policy makers in a conversation on creating a positive school climate to address bullying and cyberbullying issues.

Many positive opportunities have resulted from advances in technology. While computers and digital devices are constantly evolving, parents and educators need to help children use technology as socially responsible online citizens, promoting healthy interpersonal relations with their peers and avoiding inappropriate behavior that can lead to cyberbullying.

Moderated by Brad Drazen, weekday morning co-anchor of NBC Connecticut News Today, Saint Joseph College’s iCitizenship Town Hall Meeting Panel on February 9 will feature:

  • Dr. Jo Ann Freiberg, associate education consultant; School Climate, Bullying, and Character education at the Connecticut Department of Education
  • Dr. Jordan Grossman, assistant superintendent, Canton Public Schools; adjunct professor – School of Education at Saint Joseph College
  • Donna Sodipo, director of education services, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
  • Craig Outhouse, assistant principal, Woodland School, East Hartford
  • Ryan Brown, behavioral intervention specialist, McDonough Expeditionary Learning School, Hartford
  • Nicholas Howley, Saint Joseph College graduate student and Admissions Officer at Goodwin College
  • Quinn McDonald, Saint Joseph College freshman and student representative from the College’s First-Year seminar entitled, “Pleased to Tweet You: Are You a Socially Responsible Digital Citizen

Best part of our Town Hall Meeting?  We will be Skyping in with Beth Sanders and her students in Birmingham, AL!  They will kick off our panel with positive solutions on how students can collaborate on #digcit projects to make a difference.  Quinn McDonald will represent our First Year Seminar’s class: Pleased to Tweet You: Are You a Socially Responsible Digital Citizen?  For more information about our iCitizen project: Be The Change.

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