Around the World During SkypeAThon 2016

By | December 2nd, 2016|news, SkypeAThon|

As @CurranCentral said during his TEDxYouth talk last April, “If you want us to learn about the world, we need to learn with the world.”
img_1625This week, we put those words into action as we participated in the SkypeAThon 2016. The Digital Citizenship Institute and DigCitKids connected with five classrooms in Scotland, a classroom in Ontario, two classrooms in Pennsylvania, a classroom in Texas and we also made one Skype call to Kenya. As a mother/son digital citizenship team, we traveled approximately 25,681 miles over the 48 hour event contributing to the total of almost 10 million miles of global learning that happened around the world. (more…)

Global MakerDay

By | November 26th, 2016|news|

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By | November 26th, 2016|news|


The following is a guest post by stellar achiever and majorly inspiring 9-year-old, Curran! Buncee is proud to share his writing with you. To learn more about Curran, read his bio at the bottom of this post.


EdChange Global

By | November 26th, 2016|news|

A video blog entry.

What can a 4th grader teach us about Digital Citizenship? | #StuVoice #DigCit @mbfxc

By | November 26th, 2016|news|

Are you sure you know the best ways to help your students learn online? In todays podcast, we discuss best practices and strategies for you to bring Digital Citizenship into your learning environment. | TechEducator Podcast Episode #129

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On this episode of the TechEducator Podcast we tackle the topic of Digital Citizenship. #DigCit is the teaching (more…)

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By | November 26th, 2016|news|

Digital Citizenship: how to protect young minds online | JSB Talks Digital Episode 141

By Joanne Sweeney-Burke 16th September 2016 JSB Talks Digital Leave a comment

Young Minds Online

Lesson from today’s show: we all have a responsibility to be good digital citizens

JSB Talks Digital is a weekly podcast show hosted by social media author, strategist, consultant, speaker and trainer Joanne Sweeney-Burke. Each Friday Joanne shares her digital marketing and social media insights from her work as CEO of Digital Training Institute.


Social media and students: Engage, empower, explore

By | November 26th, 2016|news|

Posted on September 20, 2016

engageIt is no longer uncommon or special for school administrators and teachers to use social media to share the great things their students are doing in classrooms, on sports fields, on stage, or out in the community. They use Facebook to reach parents, Snapchat to reach students, and Instagram and Twitter to bridge the generations. We educators need to remember to consistently and positively talk with and model for our students when it comes to social media. Think about it as an ongoing 3-part cycle. I like to call it the E3 Cycle.


Fourth Grade Student Curran Dee To Speak at Twitter HQ on October 28 on Being the Digital Change

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A digital adventure with a curious 10-year-old

By | November 26th, 2016|news|

By Aubrey Lee

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At EPIK Deliberate Digital, we look for opportunities to spotlight people who are deliberately involving youth in creating a culture that fosters positive digital citizenship. We were thrilled to interview Marialice B.F.X. Curran, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Digital Citizenship Institute, about her son, Curran, and about a new organization called DigCitKids. Watch for a guest post from Curran, coming soon!


Evangelising Digital Citizenship on the Twitter Stage in San Francisco

By | November 26th, 2016|news|

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Mother and daughter team from NUI Galway address global audience of influencers and announce partnership with US-based Digital Citizenship Institute

NUI Galway-based Digital Training Institute is partnering with US-based Digital Citizenship Institute to certify trainers, accredit courses and create digital citizenship programs for professionals and companies across the globe.

The announcement was made at last week’s global Digital Citizenship Summit which took place at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco.

CEO of Digital Training Institute Joanne Sweeney-Burke who is based at the Innovation Centre at NUI Galway has been writing and delivering digital citizenship programmes for the past four years in conjunction with her 21-year old daughter Sophie, a final year NUI Galway accountancy student.

They were speakers at the summit and addressed an audience of influencers on The Digital DNA of Generation Z.

Where it all started

Four years ago Joanne and Sophie wrote a course for teens called Young Minds Online which was piloted in Salerno Secondary School in Galway. It was later sold to Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s largest Internet security companies.

Last week their work on digital citizenship brought them to Twitter headquarters in San Francisco where they addressed a global audience of influencers.

Speaking from San Francisco, Joanne said, “I wrote a blog post after the Digital Citizenship Summit explaining why parenting at 17 years old inspired me to be a digcit parent. My age coupled with my digital skills gave me the confidence and know-how to help Sophie navigate the social web as a 13-year old teen. It planted a seed of how both of us could empower others in digital citizenship.”

Digital citizenship is the safe, savvy and ethical use of the Internet, a term coined by Dr Mike Ribble, referred to as the godfather of digital citizenship and author of Digital Citizenship in Schools, 3rd Edition who also spoke at the Digital Citizenship Summit. Dr Ribble is part of the Digital Citizenship Institute research team along with Jason Ohler, author, professor and digital humanist.

Co-founded by Dr Marialice Curran and David Polgar, the Digital Citizenship Summits have taken place across the US and earlier this year took place in Bournemouth in the UK. Joanne and Sophie spoke at this event also.

Digital Training Institute & Digital Citizenship Institute partnership

Joanne also announced a formal partnership with Digital Citizenship Institute and its founder Dr Marialice Curran who has an extensive career in academia. She has also founded DigCitKids, a platform for children to promote and advocate for good digital citizenship which she runs with her 10-year old son Curran.

Dr Curran commented: “I am delighted to partner with Digital Training Institute who have done so much work in Europe on digital citizenship. Joanne has an excellent digital portfolio and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her vision is to ensure all workplaces are digital citizenship friendly and that no generation is left behind in the Digital Age.

“My Institute will provide accreditation for our corporate programmes, as well as certifying digital citizenship educators in the workplace. Much of the work done in the United States has been focused on education and the corporate word has been largely ignored, however Joanne has identified a need and collectively we have the solution.”