Tuesday, 24 November 2015

DigCitSummitUK: Going Live

This time last week I had a Skype conversation with a member of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) Marialice Curran (@mbfxc) who wanted to discuss the possibility of hosting a UK Digital Citizenship Summit, I think this was just supposed to be a scoping exercise.

The reason for this outreach was because the inaugural summit on the 3rd of October in the US was such a success. Before we knew if we were planning an event, here's were we are one week on from that initial conversation.

#DigCitSummitUK... What Is It?
There was some discussion on Twitter earlier in the week about what this event was, and who was involved. Here's some further information on that question.

"One of our goals with planning the Digital Citizenship Summit is to increase overall awareness, what we have learned is that the community may need to focus more attention on adequately explaining what digital citizenship is." David Ryan Polgar, We Shouldn't Assume People Know what Digital Citizenship is

"If you asked ten differnt people to define digital citizenship, you would most likely receive ten different responses" Marialice Curran, Digital Citizenship Needs to be a Verb

Digital Citizenship Definition
The norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regards to technology use
Dr Mike Ribble AKA "The Godfather of Digital Citizenship" 

Here is a collection of articles about Digital Citizenship, and what delegates thought of the recent US Summit: #DigCitSummit Collection

The minute Larbert High School heard about this event they expressed an interest in being involved. At the moment they are discussing logistics etc regarding dates etc. We hope to have more news form them soon. 

We expect to have this later this week, at the moment we are looking at January/February 2016. The reason for this is so that any international speakers could attend the BETT show and/or the Learning Technologies Conference.

There is also the fact that there is a lot of momentum around the Digital Learning agenda in Scotland at the moment, so felt a date that was sooner rather than later would have a bigger impact.

We have 54 people who are interested in getting involved with this proposed event and, hopefully, will be looking to speak at the event.

We will not know who can make it until we have a date but here is a list of the people who have expressed an interest so far. #DigCitSummitUK - Potential Speakers

I am extremely grateful to everyone for replying to the various emails and the prompt replies to discuss various points and ideas, your patience while we get organised... as well as agreeing to take time out of your busy schedules to attend... if the date suits. Here is a list of the proposed talks so far:
  • Making Digital Citizenship a Verb in and Out of the ClassroomMarialice Curran (#digcitsummit Co-Founder, @mbfxc)
  • Rules: Building Balance & Boundaries for Tech Health 
  • The Slow Tech Lifestyle: Digital Mindfulness for Our Personal & Professional Lives 
  • Next Gen Digital Directors: Tech Healthy Parents & Teachers are the Key
    Janell Hofmann
    (Author: iRules: What Every Tech Healthy Family Needs To Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming & Growing Up, @JanellBH)
  • Engaging Students in a Global cCassroom 
  • Innovation and Edtech Change 
    Craig Kemp (Stamford American International School, Singapore & #WhatIsSchool, @mrkempnz)
  • Digital Addiction/ Excessive Internet Use 
  • Participation in Adversarial Online Groups
    John McAlaney (University of Bournemouth, @johnmcalaney)
  • Digital Literacy in the Early Years - Pedagogical Decision Making and Cultural Change
    Paul Campbell (St Paul's School, Barcelona @PCampbell91)
  • Everyone Is Talking About You (Online)
    Alex Shebar (Yelp, @yelplondon)
  • The Impact of Digital Illiteracy in Corpoate Learning
    David James (Looop, @DavidInLearning)
  • Delivering Enterprise Social Media in Tomorrow's Organisation
    James Leavesley (CrowdControlHQ, @Leavesj)
As you can see from the profiles on the DigCitSummitUK Twitter List we have people from Africa, Amsterdam, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, Spain and the US interested in getting involved, this is going to take a little bit of funding.

My background is in sales so this is an area that I can help with and feel that I can offer the most value... However, I am not an event organiser and I definitely can't do both at once.  

When the #DigCitSummit organisers were putting the US event together it was done on a shoestring budget and Marialice played host to 9 #DigCit Moderators during the event... can you imagine how slow a home broadband connection would be with 9 connected educators in the house?

I am going to be putting in some pretty big "Asks" with old and new friends alike in my network, I'm also going to be asking people who are already involved to see if they can pitch in a little more.

This event is going to need support in every possible way to make it a success.

I've spend the last 8 weeks immersed in Scottish education, I've heard all about the Digital Learning Agenda, the Enterprising Schools (@ScotEntSchools), the Developing the Youth Workforce... How about we #GoDo?

In my first post that focused on Scottish Education after the Scottish Learning Festival I said what I felt would be needed (See Developing the Youth Workforce and Circle the Schools) and by a fluke of coincidence (And a lot of hustle!) this proposed event doesn't look too dissimilar to what I suggested. 

...Or maybe I'm being deluded. If I am forgive me, I've not had a great deal of sleep this week.

That's me for today, I'm off to put some more hustle in to see if I can get some other people involved in this. I know that people in my PLN will respond to this request.

The three areas we are working on at the moment are getting topics that people would present of, asking what people can do to help and if any potential speakers would need assistance with travel costs: #DigCitSummitUK: Potential Speakers and Volunteers 

I hope I'll meet some new friends if I leave everyone with this question:

Who Can Help and How Can You Help? 

Can you #BeTheDigitalChange That You're Looking for?

1 comment:

  1. Looks fabulous. Tremendous line-up of speakers and topics. BTW- here are my attributes of a digital citizen: "be safe, involved and responsible; be inspired and innovative; be passionate and reflective; be informed and wise; be savvy and empathetic" (From Four Big Ideas.)