As excitement builds for first Digital Citizenship Summit Toronto on Saturday October 27th, I look forward to participating, sharing and networking at the event.
Digital Citizenship is an ‘old‘ but important concept – brought to life at the birth of social media. Areas of consideration and discussion included your digital footprint, staying safe online, building and participating in online communications etc. Educators shared ideas and resources regarding approaches to embed Digital Citizenship into the classroom. In the educational context, current work expands to digital leadership, using digital tools to solve problems, expanding understanding (global perspectives) and to move society forward in positive ways.
I can remember the early adopter days 10-12 years ago. Everyone, at least in my mainly educators circle, was focusing on the potential – new connections, sharing blog posts and resources, kicking the tires on new ideas and approaches, developing your PLN etc. The future looked bright and rosy.
When you consider how things have evolved, the complexity is overwhelming! While I do think the ‘solid base’ I described above is still there, one must contend with Influencers, bots, fake news, the far left, the far right, alternative agendas, promotion of “the negative”, privacy challenges etc. We owe it to today’s youth, our students, to learn to navigate this digital landscape safely and positively with an eye for opportunity and “doing good”.
Check out related blog posts by other conference organizers Jennifer Casa Todd and Tina Zita
If this topic interests you, consider attending the first Digital Citizenship Summit Toronto, this Saturday (October 27th, 2018). I hope to see you there!