ESU #11 participated with ESU’s 9 and 10 in hosting a statewide effort to host the first Digital Citizenship Symposium on Thursday, January 20, 2011. The day began with a welcome and encouraging words from Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning followed by a keynote address by Dr. Justin Patchin from the the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. A national speaker on digital citizenship, he provided extensive information on digital citizenship and the issues schools and students need to consider.
Additional speakers included Karen Haase, school attorney specializing in school law and Jeff Gaertig, Assistant NE Attorney General with focus on internet crimes involving children. Luncheon keynote was provided via distance learning by Andrew Churches from New Zealand. He discussed successful student involved digital citizenship programs in his country. School teams of administrators, teachers, students, parents and tech persons, discussed the issues in groups and made recommendations for next steps in bringing positive digital citizenship to their schools and communities.
ESU #11 schools participating were Alma, Cambridge, Holdrege, Minden, and Wilcox-Hildreth. You can also read more about the event from this Kearney Hub article.