What does digital citizenship mean for eTwinning?

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  • 24/10/2016
  • BIK team
"Digital citizenship is a broad concept that explores how best we should act in this online world, what we need to be aware of and of course what are our rights and responsibilities." This is one of the definitions given by eTwinning*, the community for schools in Europe, when referring to digital citizenship.
Looking at how to integrate this concept in the education community, eTwinning has dedicated a series of activities to digital citizenship throughout autumn.
One of the current eTwinning activities aligned to this topic is eTwinning Weeks: a yearly campaign that, this year, takes place 10-27 October 2016. The focus is on how eTwinning can develop Europe's next generation of active citizens. 
The eTwinning Weeks campaign supports participants with a number of activities, such as:
  • An introductory online seminar to kick off the campaign.
  • Two ‘project ideas fairs': one for primary school teachers and one for secondary school teachers. Participants described in only one minute their project ideas so that other colleagues could join in. 
  • A digital citizenship competition. All projects created as part of the 2016 eTwinning Weeks campaign can enter into a competition. The creators of the winning project, to be announced on Thursday, 17 November 2016, will participate in a Future Classroom Lab course.
  • Live streaming of the keynote presentation of Emma Mulqueeny from the eTwinning conference, taking place in Athens 27-29 October 2016. The keynote will take place on Thursday, 27 October 2016 at 16:45 CET– follow the stream here (refresh the link at the appointed time).
For more information on the eTwinning Weeks campaign, check social media using the hashtag #eTwCitizen16
The eTwinning conference, as referenced above, will also have a special focus on digital citizenship this year, looking into ways of raising the capabilities of the schools of today to be prepared for the challenges of the fully digital society of tomorrow. In line with this, the Insafe Coordination Team will organise a workshop, titled ‘Better Internet for Kids: Help your students to grow up online!'. The workshop will introduce three eSafety-related projects, namely the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) project, the eSafety Label and the Web We Want handbooks for educators and teens. This workshop will provide the participants – mainly teachers – with a variety of materials and hands-on activities for their students, as well as a range of open education resources for teachers, including interactive lesson plans and worksheets.
The collaboration between the Insafe Coordination Team and eTwinning on the topic of eSafety has included various other activities, such as the recent eSafety learning event together with eTwinning plus. Taking please from 3-14 October 2016, the event covered a wide range of issues including cyberbullying, privacy and online reputation, as well as risks associated with cybercrime, viruses and malware. 
* eTwinning is the community for schools in Europe which has reached over 390,000 teachers to date, and offers a means to teachers to educate their pupils in preparation for their full participation in a connected society where everyone can play a role beyond the boundaries of their local environment. For further information, see the eTwinning website.

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