All About the Summit
Digital citizenship is about human connections online.
We view digital citizenship as an action, something that we need to practice and do every single day. In today’s networked world, this is our opportunity to put global education into practice to empower others to become change makers for using tech for good in local, global, digital communities.
Digital citizenship promotes the importance of being critical thinkers and solution creators who make a positive impact. In doing so, digital citizenship is about the heart of being human, creating ripples of good, continuously learning side by side and that when we work together, we are better together.
Why Attend the DigCit Summit Canada?
Digital Citizenship Summit Canada aims to work towards solutions, promote best practices, and empower citizens to be the digital change.
This Summit will focus on conversations around helping kids (and adults) recognize the power and potential of technology and social media for good. You will be inspired by conversations, resources, and what we create together. Our playground will feature Be Internet Awesome (Ed Tech Team), Apple Clips, and Kids Coding. There will be a variety of presentation formats to suit every learning style.
Our confirmed speakers include Jennifer Casa-Todd, Olivia Van Ledtje, Michael Drezek, Julie Millan, Diana Hale, Carlo Fusco, and so many more. We have speakers coming from Africa, Trinidad, as well as from the US!
Who’s Attending the DigCit Summit?
The DigCit Summit gathers stakeholders from all areas to expand their knowledge of all facets of digital citizenship and the necessity of working together with youth.
Educators, tech leaders, innovators, students, parents, administrators, government officials, education officials from local, state, and federal levels, media specialists, non-profit organizations, businesses, thought leaders, librarians, youth-advocates, and more will gather together at the DigCit Summit. Every person is vital to the collective. Every person has a unique view and important input into the whole.
DigCit Summit History
Although the inaugural DigCitSummit happened in October 2015 at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in West Hartford, Connecticut, the idea of planning the first all digital citizenship conference began years before on the university campus as School of Education faculty member, Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran designed and developed the first three-credit digital citizenship course at both the undergraduate and graduate level (2009). USJ also hosted the first digital citizenship (#digcit) chat on Twitter on campus and by the fall of 2011, as part of a First Year Seminar (FYS) course for incoming freshmen at USJ, Dr. Curran invited high school classrooms to collaborate with her incoming freshmen.
The FYS course, Pleased to Tweet You: Are You a Socially Responsible Digital
Citizen? was the prologue to the DigCitSummit as the college freshmen in Connecticut connected and collaborated with Beth Sander’s high school juniors in Alabama. Geography was not an issue since the two classrooms used social media tools like Skype and Twitter to connect and learn together. The iCitizen Project defined citizenship in the 21st century as an active citizen instead of just a resident; an enabler of change and not just a bystander. The focus on local, global and digital communities emerged as the foundation for being an iCitizen.
As a result of this FYS course, USJ held the first digital citizenship live streamed event in February 2012, the iCitizenship Town Hall Meeting for both a live and virtual audience. This was just the beginning of the planning for the DigCitSummit where digital citizenship was not just an add-on to an edtech or bullying conference but was an opportunity to carve out both space and time to dedicate solely on digital citizenship.
Since the inaugural DigCitSummit in 2015, we’ve been focused on a community approach towards digital citizenship. Our multi-stakeholders include educators, students, parents, industry and thought leaders from around the world. During these past four years, the DigCitSummit has focused on changing the narrative from the reactive to the proactive in local, global and digital communities.
If you are interested in bringing the DigCitSummit to your community, contact us