It Takes a Village to Deliver an #ISTE2014 Ignite 2


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Imagine having the opportunity to get a message out to thousands of people.  A message that you feel passionate for, more than anything in the world. This weekend I had that opportunity. I attended ISTE and had the honour of presenting an ignite session. An Ignite session allows you to speak for five minutes, 20 slides and 15 seconds per slide to share your idea and hopefully ignite something in people. Over the years, people who know me well know that I am desperately passionate about teaching students how to harness the power of social media and build their digital legacies by getting them to create, collaborate and connect with the world. I believe the only way we can teach our students how to become citizens of a connected world is to have them actively involved in their learning and get them to contribute to their digital identities. This message is truly about the need to stop thinking that teaching digital citizenship is about students taking a lesson about using social media without actually using it. I called this ignite  “Rebranding Digital Citizenship”

Here is my session: organized by slides and what I said when.

However, this blog post is dedicated to my friends who helped me put it together because I genuinely would have never been able to do it without them.

First of all,  Thank you Kim Meldrum. Kim coined the “vaccination approach” term for describing  how we end up teaching digital citizenship which I reference in my ignite session. Kim, you are one of my best friends and probably one of the most well spoken, forward thinking, intelligent and wonderful person I know. You challenge my thinking and I am so grateful to you for that.

Holly Clark pushed me to apply for the ignite session and let me practice on her a million times. I have to be honest, I didn’t want to do it. She told me that I had an obligation to get this message out. Holly you always believe in me and push my thinking everyday. Where would I be without you?


Ken Shelton, thank you for taking the time to help me with the visuals for my slides. You are a master, an artist, a friend, a big brother.  You took so much of your time to go over every single word and helped me visualize how I should tell my story. You are so incredibly talented and I am so grateful to be able to learn from you and to have you in my life.

And last but certainly not least, thank you Douglas Kiang, you have become my EdTech Jedi master! My EduYoda, and I, your Obi One. You are my mentor.  Your feedback is always honest and unsolicited and I am grateful to you for that. You push my thinking and my work. How do I even begin to thank you for all your feedback and time.

I could never take full credit for any of the work I out out. I always try to surround myself with the smartest people I can find because I want to always push my thinking.

Thank you friends.


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