Thursday, February 15, 2018

March 12th Global Symposium on Educating for Digital Citizenship (

We invite you to join us on Monday, March 12, 2018, in Washington, DC, for the 2018 Global Symposium on Digital Citizenship.

$129. Select CoSN Member or Non-member, change the “0” next to the “Symposium on Educating for Digital Citizenship ONLY” to a “1”. Click “next” and complete your registration.

CoSN and UNESCO, in partnership with the Global Education Conference, HP, ClassLink, Participate, Qatar Foundation International, Partnership for 21st Century Learning, ISTE, iEARN-USA, The Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute, World Savvy, Wikimedia, TakingITGlobal, Smithsonian Institute, and Project Tomorrow, are hosting this event to bring 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?

8:00 am – 8:15 am Opening Remarks and Setting the Context
  • Donna Williamson, Technology Director, Mountain Brook City Board of Education, AL + CoSN Board Member/2018 Conference Co-Chair
  • Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
  • David Atchoarena, Director, UNESCO Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning 

8:15 am – 9:00 am The Importance of Educating Digital Citizens in Today’s World: A Conversation
  • Fernando M. Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Baroness Biben Kidron, Filmmaker and Founder of 5 Rights, Member of UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development
  • Moderator, Gus Schmedlen, Vice President, World Education, HP
9:00 am – 10:15 a.m. Town Hall:  Is Digital Citizenship Today Different?
  • Mrs. Ying Liu, Director, Chinese Society of Education
  • Anjlee Prakash, Founder and Chairperson, Learning Links Foundation, India
  • David Young, CEO, Participate
  • Moderator, Berj Akian, CEO, ClassLink
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.
  • Joseph South, Deputy CEO ISTE, former Director, U.S. Office of Education Technology
  • Tonya Muro, Executive Director, iEARN-USA – Learning with the World
  • Maysam Ali, Assistant Director, The Stevens Initiative, The Aspen Institute
  • Rod Carnill, Supervisor of Instructional Technology Coaches, Frederick County Public Schools
  • Mallory Tuominen, Director of Professional Learning, World Savvy
  • Nichole Saad, Education Program, Manager Wikimedia
  • Michael Furdyk, Co-founder + Director of Innovation, TakingITGlobal 
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.
  • Matt Scullly, Director of Digital Integration and Innovation, Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC
  • Sarah Thomas, Regional Technology Coordinator, Prince George’s County Public Schools 
  • Smithsonian’s Learning Lab in the Early Childhood Classroom (Dr. Jim Reese, Director, The Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School and Cody Coltharp, Smithsonian Institution)
  • Using OER Resources Appropriately in the Classroom: (Tracie Spinale and Stephanie Norby, Smithsonian Institution)
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.
(Continued from 1st Round)

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. Making the Best Case for Digital Citizenship
Each group selects one person to present their best speech to the group.  Speeches will be filmed for CoSN website.
  • Moderator, Maggie Mitchell Salem, Executive Director, Qatar Foundation International
2:45 pm – 3:45 p.m. Closing Session: Student-Centered Digital Citizenship
  • Eugénie Congi, Surintendante de l’éducation, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, Ottawa Canada
  • Milton Chen, Senior Fellow/Executive Director Emeritus, George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Moderator, Gavin Dykes, Education World Forum
3:45 pm – 4:00 p.m. Wrap Up

$129. Select CoSN Member or Non-member, change the “0” next to the “Symposium on Educating for Digital Citizenship ONLY” to a “1”. Click “next” and complete your registration.

You do not need to attend the CoSN Annual Conference to attend the Symposium. If attending the CoSN Annual Conference, you may select the Symposium as an add on to your conference registration. Registration pricing is the same for members and nonmembers.

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