CoSN/UNESCO Global Symposium on Educating for Digital Citizenship

Monday, March 12, 2018

Educating for Digital Citizenship


CoSN and UNESCO, in partnership with HP, Participate, Partnership for 21st Century Learning, Global Education Conference, ISTE, and iEARN-USA will host the 2018 Global Symposium on Digital Citizenship bringing together thought leaders from across the world to explore the role of education in ensuring students are responsible digital citizens.

Internet safety has been a concern for policymakers and educators since the moment technology, particularly the Internet, was introduced to classrooms.  Increasingly many school systems are evolving that focus from simply minimizing risk and blocking access, to more responsible use policies and strategies that empower the student as a digital citizen.  Digital citizenship initiatives also seek to prepare students to live in a world where online hate and radicalization are all too common.

Join us for a lively and engaging exploration of what are the essential digital citizenship skills that students need, including policies and practices in response to the following questions:

  • How can technology be used to improve digital citizenship and to what extent is technology providing new challenges to digital citizenship?
  • How should we access information effectively and form good evaluate its accuracy?
  • How should we develop the skills to engage with others respectfully and in a sensitive and ethical manner?
  • How should we develop an appropriate balance between instruction and nurturing student behaviors that ensure ICT is used safely and responsibly?

Draft Agenda

8:00 am – 8:15 am Opening Remarks and Setting the Context

8:15 am – 9:00 am The Importance of Educating Digital Citizens in Today’s World: A Conversation

9:00 am – 10:15 a.m. Town Hall:  Is Digital Citizenship Today Different? 

10:15 am – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 am – 10:45 a.m. Global Ed Ignite Sessions (1st Round)
Compelling and short, 5-min presentations by major thought leaders to ignite our imagination.

10:45 am – 12:00 noon  Passport to the World
Join in an interactive activity to hear about exemplary efforts in countries, states and districts to educate for digital citizenship. Every 12 minutes, move around the ballroom and visit a new example.

12:00 pm – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch 

1:15 pm – 1:30 p.m. Global Ed Ignite (2nd Round)
Compelling and short, 5-min presentations by major thought leaders to ignite our imagination.

1:30 pm – 2:15 p.m. Time for Story Telling!  Camp Fire Discussion
Individuals prepare a 3 minute speech on why educating for digital citizenship is important to their organization and present to their small group. Each group selects the best speech to present to everyone.

2:15 pm – 2:45 p.m. Hearing the Best Cases for Digital Citizenship
Each group selects one person to present their best speech to the group.  Speeches will be filmed for CoSN website.

2:45 pm – 3:45 p.m. Closing Session: Student-Centerd Digital Citizenship

3:45 pm – 4:00 p.m. Wrap Up


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You do not need to attend the CoSN Annual Conference to attend the Symposium.
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