Digital Citizenship & Sustainable Development Goals
Welcome to the Growth Over Grades Podcast where we talk about education ideas and topics that matter most to our Spaces Educator Community. Episode 7 involves a conversation with two global giants bringing people together: students, educators, and families in a way that empowers them when using digital citizenship to advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as SDGs.
Marialice Curran, Ph.D and Eugenia Tamez have been working and writing together since they met in person in 2016. They met through a mutual contact, Dr. Jason Ohler who always encouraged them to fill the needs they found that were being overlooked. They have published a book with EduMatch Publishing called DigCit Kids also co-authored with Marialice’s son, Curran. They have founded the DigCit Institute and for the month of October, you can see them making waves on social media with their global partners and communities that they hope to continue throughout the school year to use tech for good!
#UseTech4Good and #DigCitSDGs
The reason these two are committed to sharing digital citizenship through the SDGs is because it is authentic learning. Caring about your neighbor, whether next door or on another continent is something everyone can do in the age and grade or job they are in right now. Many of Curran and Tamez’s partners start with an SDG that resonates with their students. They learn all they can about it, invite experts to share more, and then find ways they can advocate and do something to help form their community. Curran reminds us that we don’t have to be experts to begin!
While this duo begins to spotlight their global commitment in October with daily social takeovers and calls to action, they want every teacher and student to continue throughout the year. Join them in a way that works for you and your students. Go at the pace that is natural for you. Following the hashtags #UseTech4Good and #DigCitSDGs will show you what others are doing all over the world! The message is clear, our learners can be contributors in their virtual world as well as physical.
LIVE Student Showcase
There was an exciting announcement made during this podcast. On April 1, 2023, the DigCit Institute will be hosting a LIVE Student Showcase! It will be held in New York, but everyone will be able to attend virtually if they can’t attend in person. They are so excited to see what students do with the calls to action that come from October 2022 social media takeovers.
We hope after listening to this conversation, you and your students will feel empowered to get involved in using tech for good in your school community. We would love to see the work you do, so please tag us on our socials. If you need support or want to continue the conversation, join our SpacesEDU Educator Community today!
All the Good Stuff/Show Notes:
DigCit Kids Amazon
DigCitKids EduMatch Publishing