More students are spending a greater amount of time on the Internet or connected to technology at home and at school. Therefore, a primary responsibility in using technology is teaching the appropriate and ethical uses. Our traditional summit for middle school students has been redesigned to include activities appropriate for younger children. In this fourth year, our comprehensive approach will show students how their actions can impact their online safety and digital wellness. During this event, students will engage in activities that support both positive personal actions and a caring school community.
Research tells us that routines and habits begin to take root in children by the age of nine. Teaching best practices and awareness are key to the success of our youngest students today. Therefore, we have aligned this event to the ISTE Standards for Educators and Students, and the latest research in digital citizenship.
Schools are encouraged to bring a student leadership team from grades 3-5 that includes one sponsor (administrator, counselor, student council advisor) and a team of 5-7 student leaders to create an action plan that can be implemented in each school. Digital Citizenship resources and books will be shared with each school team.