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The Digital Citizenship Institute

The Digital Citizenship Institute is an inclusive innovation network promoting a positive digital citizenship message of social good through the use of social media and technology. We provide a community-driven approach to educating and empowering digital citizens to create solutions in local, global and digital communities.

 

Our community is a diverse group of individuals who think differently and believe in amplifying the positive and practical applications of learning in the digital age. The DCI turns negatives into positives and helps to transform participants into designers, creative thinkers, global collaborators, problem solvers and justice-oriented digital citizens. We partner with districts, schools, parents and organizations to provide a community approach to digital citizenship.

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WHO WE ARE

The Digital Citizenship Institute is committed to promoting social good through the use of social media and technology. We are a diverse group of individuals who think differently and believe in amplifying the positive and practical applications of learning in the digital age. We partner with districts, schools, parents and organizations to provide a community approach to digital citizenship.

HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT

The Digital Citizenship Institute provides a community-driven approach to educating and empowering digital citizens to create solutions in local, global and digital communities. The Institute turns negatives into positives and helps to transform participants into designers, creative thinkers, global collaborators, problem solvers and justice-oriented digital citizens.

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FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE BOARDROOM

THE INAUGURAL DIGCITSUMMIT

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 livestreamed 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.

 

 

The inaugural DigCitSummit was held at USJ in October 2015 and included a multistakeholder approach to digital citizenship as speakers came from around the country, as well as USJ undergraduates, graduates and alumni to be a part of changing the narrative from the reactive to the proactive. The DigCitSummit struck a nerve that day and was the number one trend on Twitter.

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