DigCit Connect

Want to help kids be their best selves online? Mark your calendars for a free, virtual event on Saturday, October 22 from 9am-1pm PDT to be part of the movement. 


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What is it and who it's for

DigCit Connect is a virtual summit produced by the DigCit Coalition in partnership with ISTE and the Los Angeles School District's Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI):

  • Designed for administrators, teachers, parents, caregivers, families, and the education community.
  • Offers a learning experience that’s free and open to the public.
  • Features presentations and workshops from educators, technology leaders, and digital citizenship experts.

Why we need it

Over the last few years we have increased our participation in a variety of digital activities. Unfortunately, we have not spent nearly enough time preparing and supporting young people to be successful humans in these virtual spaces.

The conversation around digital citizenship needs to expand beyond online safety. This event will:

  • Empower educators and parents to create a healthy digital culture at school and home.
  • Refocus our conversations around digital citizenship towards practical approaches that help educators and parents support young people in a highly digital world.

Live event schedule

All times are listed in Pacific Standard Time.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

9:00 am | Opening mainstage (45 mins)

Digital wellbeing is a team sport 
Learning the principles of Digital Citizenship is not something that can be accomplished by a single activity, course or workshop. It involves parents, teachers and education leaders coming together to model behaviors and reinforce the impact that being a good digital citizen can have on a school and community. Join ISTE CEO, Richard Culatta, as he discusses strategies for digital citizenship, and the impact that a united effort can have on shaping future leaders.
Speaker: Richard Culatta

Students using tech to make the world better 
Everyday, students are using the power of technology to change the world. Please join a panel of student leaders who are embracing the power of digital citizenship to better their schools and communities. We will learn why digital citizenship is so important to them and what ignites their desire to drive change.

9:45 am | Morning breakouts

Digital presence with purpose (60 mins)
Education leaders and administrators will gain insights into system-level policies and practices that support technology implementation with an emphasis on creating an inclusive and equitable culture of digital citizenship.
Speakers: Jamie Galgana, Maria Magnanimo-Toledo

Social media for good (30 mins) 
What actions are social media companies taking to support best practices in digital citizenship? Learn what they’re doing to not just ensure safety, but also promote practices for digital wellbeing. You’ll have a chance to ask your questions in this moderated Q&A.

Districts in action: what’s important and how do we face it? (30 mins) 
Learn what districts are doing in the world of DigCit. What are some practices and policies that are actually working, and how do we put systems in place to create better environments for students to be good digital citizens?

Using images for digital citizenship conversations (30 mins) 
Images can be a powerful tool for self-reflection, discussion, writing prompts and inquiry hooks. Engage students, families, and teachers with these activities that honor each individual's experiences and perspectives.
Speakers: Dr. LeeAnn Lindsey, Dr. Kristen Mattson

Establishing a learning environment that fosters digital literacy and media fluency (60 mins) 
Learn to foster media fluency so students can gain the ability to interpret large amounts of complex information in multiple formats and communicate and share across a variety of media as they participate in today’s digital world.
Speakers: Renee Sanchez and Matthew Piwowarczyk

10:45 am | Break (30 mins)

Group activity: Barriers and solutions to implementing digital citizenship (10 mins) 
What’s stopping your school or organization from giving students what they need to be good citizens online? Let’s have an interactive, visual discussion on what’s working and what’s not.
Speaker: Dr. Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

11:15 am | Afternoon breakouts

Using tech to make communities and the world better (30 mins) 
How do you inspire action in Digital Citizenship? Hear examples of how students can use tech in creative and innovative ways to solve problems in their communities.

Leading with equity and digital citizenship (school-based DigCit practices) (60 mins) 
Education leaders and administrators will learn how to use technology to promote equity, inclusion, and digital citizenship practices as modeled by principals and school-based leaders sharing how they cultivate responsible online behavior and leverage digital tools and resources for an empowered school community.

Cultivating digital citizens no matter what you teach (60 mins) 
Your days are packed with standards, curriculum, lesson plans, and meeting the unique needs of all students. How do you have time to cultivate digital citizens? Join us to explore ways to embed digital citizenship in any subject areas you teach with BrainPOP!
Speaker: Marley Zeno

Tools that teach us to be good digital citizens (30 mins) 
Please join a series of companies and organizations who are providing real, accessible solutions to support kids in understanding the principles of digital citizenship. These lightning-style talks will provide you with examples of resources that can support your schools in teaching students the principles of DigCit.

Giving credit where credit is due: copyright and digital citizenship (60 mins) 
Learn how digital citizenship and issues of copyright intersect in the classroom. Participants will explore and apply the way copyright and copyleft play a role in commonly used digital tools, resources to teach students about copyright, and how to leverage digital resources safely through the understanding and use of Creative Commons licensing.
Speakers: Nelida Thomatis and Dr. Saul Duarte

12:15 pm | Closing mainstage (45 mins)

Global perspectives on the future of DigCit 
Across the world, countries are adopting practices of Digital Citizenship that are changing the way individuals interact with technology.  In this panel, we will hear from leaders from around the world on ways that they are using principles of Digital Citizenship to transform their communities and their perspectives on the future of this effort.

1 pm | Summit concludes

Explore the five competencies of digital citizenship.

DigCit Connect will highlight the five competencies through sessions focused on educators, administrators, parents, caregivers, and the education community.


I am open to hearing and respectfully recognizing multiple viewpoints and I engage with others online with respect and empathy.


I evaluate the accuracy, perspective, and validity of digital media and social posts.


I use technology and digital channels for civic engagement, to solve problems and be a force for good in both physical and virtual communities.


I make informed decisions about how to prioritize my time and activities online and off.


I am aware of my online actions, and know how to be safe and create safe spaces for others online.