Andrew Barr has announced he’s roping up 6 “leaders” from each and every year 9 class in Canberra for the stunningly named “Who R U in the Digital World”, supposedly a summit but I’ll drink a shandy if the students have any real input.
It is the first time such a summit had been held in the ACT. More than 300 year 9 student representatives and teachers from public, Catholic systemic and Independent schools are expected to attend.
The summit complements work already taking place in schools to inform students about cyber safety.
The ACT Government wants all students to be equipped and empowered with the skills and confidence to be safe in the online environment. This summit will give students the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers such as Robyn Moore and youth leadership expert Bec Heinrich, and to take part in workshops and learn from experts in the field of cyber safety such as Professor Donna Cross and Robyn Treyvaud.
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At the end of the summit students will make a declaration about what it means to lead responsibly in a digital world. Teachers attending the summit will take part in some student activities as well as participating in professional learning about the use of technologies in the classroom.
Six year 9 students who have been recognised as leaders within their school will be invited to attend from each ACT school. Students attending the summit will be encouraged to share what they have learned with their peers when they return to school.
This could include continuing the conversation with fellow students at their school, holding a parent information night, working with members of their community in developing their skills online, or organising their own student forum.
The student summit, Who R U in the Digital World will be held at the National Convention Centre on 18 March 2011.
Endless fun for the whole family. One can only look forward to the parental gnashing of teeth that will take place over the selection of the six.