March 20, 2014

No more #meantweets, Peel board hosts PowerUp: Student Digital Leadership Conference

Grade 9 students learn to develop positive digital footprints, show their best selves

On Friday, March 28, more than 600 grade 9 students will deepen their understanding of digital citizenship at PowerUp, a student digital leadership conference hosted by the Peel District School Board. Speakers will engage and inspire students to develop positive digital footprints and to always show their best selves online.

“Twenty-first century teaching and learning opens up a world of opportunities to students. As educators, it’s important that we guide students’ online use and that we model appropriate netiquette,” says Scott Moreash, associate director of instructional support services. “There is no doubt that helping students build positive digital footprints will help them when they seek post-secondary opportunities and employment.”

Students are encouraged to bring their personal electronic devices to the event where they will learn to become digital leaders in their school and communities. Conference highlights include:
• Digital leadership keynote by George Couros, division principal, Parkland School Division in Alberta
• break-out sessions on the following topics:
- Choose action to PowerUp – facilitated by Nancy Annibale, Kelly Krug and Raquel Walker, Peel board climate for learning & working team
- Creating awesomeness: a hands-on hour creating media – run by Peel board instructional technology resource teachers
- Digital leadership – facilitated by Couros
- iTweetRight – led by Wali Shah, musician, student at University of Toronto Mississauga and former Peel board student
- Leadership in the 21st Century: V.O.I.C.E. (Vision, Organization, Inspiration, Communication, Emotional Intelligence) – Jonathan Hood, speaker at Ahead of the Game, youth mentor, football player with the Toronto Argonauts

“Being a good digital citizen is simply being a good citizen,” says Krug, the Peel board’s climate for learning and working leader. “We want students to understand that being caring, cooperative, honest, inclusive, respectful and responsible extends beyond face-to-face interactions. Showing your best self is important always.”

PowerUp will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 28 at the Pearson Convention Center in Brampton. Pearson Convention Center is located at 2638 Steeles Ave. E. in Brampton.

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Media contact: Scott Moreash, Associate Director of Instructional Support Services, 905-890-1010  ext. 2232, [email protected]

Reference: Carla Pereira, Manager of Communications (Acting), 905-890-1010 ext. 2814, [email protected]

Note to media: An agenda is available from Carla Pereira. See contact information above.

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