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2014 #digcit is all about student voice!

The first #digcit chat of 2014 (and hopefully most chats this year) is inspired in part by a student. Paige Woodard, senior at Franklin Community High School in Franklin, Indiana, is on a mission: social media education in schools. Through her participation in Don Wettrick's Innovations class, Paige is working hard to spread the message about the necessity for social media education in schools. In fact, she created a ten-week YouTube series, "The Top 10 Things Not To Do On Twitter," and is currently producing her own DVD. In her recent article, "Where are the Role Models?" Paige states,


"I cannot do this alone, which is why I am calling on all educators to band with me as we begin the tug-of-war contest with those who don't believe social media should play a role in education..."


Clearly, Paige understands social media is not a fad. Additionally, she realizes that rather than ban the use of social media in schools, the best way to change student (and adult) behavior online is through education. Paige believes educators and parents, not celebrities, should be role models to their students and children in terms of digital citizenship. The #digcit team couldn't agree with Paige more and we are grateful to have students driving the first digital citizenship chat of 2014!


All too often we hear negative stories about social media use in schools. As educators, we realize this shouldn't be the case; especially if we spend time teaching young people how to use digital technologies safely, responsibly, and ethically. With that being said, the first #digcit chat of 2014 will focus on:


1. How we can best influence educational stakeholders to allow the use of social media in schools

2. How social media can be used to help students build professional learning networks.


Many educators have discovered the power of social media to build and maintain a PLN, which is why it's never too early to teach our students how to do the same! Our student moderators are proof that when leveraged properly, social media can have tremendous benefits both in and outside of the classroom! Ultimately, teaching our students to build a PLN not only contributes to our students becoming responsible digital citizens, but it can also help them achieve their professional goals.


Join the 1st #digcit chat of 2014 on Wednesday, January 8th from 7:00- 8:00 pm EST as we discuss specifically:


1. Why should social media be allowed in schools?

2. How can we get teachers & administrators to believe in the benefits of social media?

3. How can students use social media to build his/her personal brand?

4. How can students use social media for self-directed learning & networking?
5. Is it necessary to have "personal" and "professional" social networking accounts?

6. What advice do you have for high school and college students who want to start using social media to build a personal learning network?


We look forward to hearing from you during the #digcit chat on January 8th!



Paige Woodard

@paige_woodard

Creator of @DailyMediaTips, Paige is a high school senior dedicated to social media education and has connected with progressive educators and administrators all across the country. Paige is enrolled in Innovations; a student-run, project-based class, taught by Don Wettrick of Franklin Community High School in Franklin, Indiana. Check out Paige's YouTube channel here.

Sam Bresnahan

@slbresnahan1

Sam is a freshman at Bentley University and aspires to be a social media marketing professional. Sam is also interested in engineering, architecture, and design. Sam is a former DECA national competitor and is using her talents at Bentley to help various organizations enhance their online presence. Check out Sam's blog here.

Meet the #digcit team!

What is Digital Citizenship?

The video below, created by Burlington High School senior and BHS Help Desk blogger, Xin Zhang, provides an overview of what it means to be a digital citizen.
Be a Digital Citizen

Join the #digcit team!

We are looking to build a global army of educators and students who want to promote and discuss issues surrounding digital citizenship. Contact any member of our team via Twitter with the hashtag #digcit to learn how you and your students can serve as co-moderators of a future chat!

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