Modern Digital Citizenship and Civic Education

Offered in Vermont 2019

Day 1:

We will explore the concept of the informed citizen in relation to modern news and information. What are the trends behind how people are consuming news and using social media that have influence the politics reality around the world. What skills must we develop and what tools can we employ to evaluate the constant stream of news and information at our fingertips? How does the current reality change how we might look at academic research. The day will emphasize hands-on activities and tools that teachers can employ for themselves and for the students. 

Day 2:

We will explore the concept of how we define our collective values as a society in a world that is increasingly personalized and individual. We will also focus on discussing the overlap between the traditional concept of “the Citizen” with the concept of “Digital Citizenship,” We will also look at the how we can conduct meaningful, open and objective conversations about Civic Education in our classrooms. 

Shawn McCusker

Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. An innovator in the creation and organization of online learning communities such as the #sschat, #1to1techat and #engsschat on Twitter, he is an expert in both iPad and Chromebook integration in the classroom.  His innovative lessons and student products have been shared nationwide and have been featured in the Journal,  Educational Leadership, and the Huffington Post. In 2016 he was named a Top Trailblazing Educator on Twitter by eSchoolNews.

An inspiring speaker, he has keynoted the IOWA 1:1 Conference, Innovation Summit San Diego and the Illinois School Library Media Association as well as providing local keynotes at the Goleta Schools (CA), Huntley Summer Conference (IL) and Shrewsbury Summer Institute (MA). Shawn has presented at NCSS, Ipad Summit Boston, the Leading Future Learning Summit, ICE, and CASE. Shawn is a Speaker, Instructor, and presenter with EdTechTeacher and is a Google Education Trainer.  Shawn holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago and B.A. in History from Northern Illinois University.

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