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Digital Citizenship: It Takes a Village

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 2:30–3:30 pm
Location: 121C

Susan McCandless   Amy Shepler  
We'll share how Caroline County Public Schools has partnered with local government and civic agencies to provide digital citizenship learning opportunities for both students and families. We'll outline how other districts can replicate this collaborative effort.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is share how Caroline County Public Schools has formed unique relationships with various agencies in our community to provide digital citizenship learning opportunities for both our students and their families. We recognized that our families are navigating unchartered waters in terms of when to give their child a cell phone, let them have a social media account, and how to select privacy settings, amongst other digital issues. In order to help our community, we partnered with other agencies including our local public library, the Sheriff's Department, Social Services, and more to take a community approach to provide resources and learning opportunities for our families. Through our partnerships, we have secured funds from outside sources to host assemblies from the #ICanHelp organization, hosted a community luncheon to discuss digital citizenship, and created a series of events entitled Digital Families on various topics. This community approach lets our students know that no matter where they are, they have adults that are interested in their well-being online and have resources to discuss tough issues that arise when growing up in a digital age. Data will be shared from parent and student surveys, as well as anecdotal data from local partner agencies.


• Welcome, Introduction, and Agenda Overview - 5 min
• The Why (discuss the need we see in our district to educate students and families about digital citizenship issues) - 5 min
• Audience Participation (attendees will talk with people around them about any issues they are noticing in their districts and share out with the group) - 10 min
• The Plan (share how we engaged community partners in our quest to educate our community about digital citizenship issues including stumbling block and how we overcame them) - 10 min
• Audience Participation (attendees will discuss our plan including if it would work in their community and what roadblocks they might encounter. Share out with the group.) - 10 min
• The Outcomes (we'll share the positive outcomes that have grown out of our community partnerships including assemblies, resources, and family education opportunities) - 10 min
• Next Steps (we'll share what our next steps are and what attendees can do to get started in their communities. Resources provided) - 5 min
• Questions (attendees will have an opportunity to ask us questions) - 5 min

Supporting research
Books referenced: "Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World," by Devorah Heitner PhD; "Digital Citizenship in Schools," by Mike Ribble; "Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level," by Don Wettrick.

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Susan McCandless, Caroline County Public Schools
Amy Shepler, Antilles School

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