• CISD's Educators to Serve on National Council on Digital Citizenship

    Nancy Garvey (left) and Tami Martins (right) of the Coppell ISD were recently selected to serve on the National Council on Digital Citizenship (NCDC). Comprised of approximately 50 education thought leaders from across the country, the NCDC is supported by Microsoft in partnership with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Topics Education. In its third year, the NCDC is leading the effort to help K-12 school systems successfully address digital citizenship as a vital 21st century skill.

    "Today, students consume, create, and share digital content both in and out of the classroom," said Garvey. "Clearly, at a time when technology use is so pervasive, it is important for educators to help students understand the principles that should govern their behavior as digital citizens. I think the knowledge and skills that come with citizenship are vital," added Martins.

    With the help and leadership of these educators the NCDC will assess attitudes and current practices among their education peers within their district and beyond. Together, the NCDC will continue to encourage and inform conversation on digital citizenship within the education community, notably through webinars, conference presentations, and white papers.

    "ISTE is an organization built on collaboration and empowerment within the broad education community and smaller education communities around the world," stated Don Knezek, ISTE's CEO. "Our NETS Standards emphasize digital citizenship, so the NCDC is a crucial cog in our effort to help educators put the standards into practice."

    In fact, ISTE and Microsoft began working together to tackle digital citizenship when ISTE awarded its Seal of Alignment to the Digital Citizenship & Creative Content curriculum (http://www.digitalcitizenshiped.com/), a set of turnkey resources for middle school and high school teachers. Knezek and his team at ISTE will continue their long-standing collaboration with Topics Education and Microsoft to guide and inform the NCDC's work in 2012.

    The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE's annual conference and exposition and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide.