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Published on Dec 4, 2013
Filmed and edited by Spencer A. Lupul.
The SoMe Summit 2013 was a huge success in terms of turn-out and engagement. The students in OKM Secondary's Social Media class in conjunction with School Disctrict #23 planned, organized and facilitated the event. It invited students, administrators, teachers and parents to begin a district-wide conversation around what it means to be a positive, contributing digital citizen and how the use of digital media can be used to enhance student learning.
Dr Alec Couros, Professor of Educational Technology from the University of Regina gave keynotes each day of the summit and spoke around topics of what it means to be a positive digital citizen, and the impacts of our digital "tattoos" we create in our lives.
We would like to thank Dr. Alec for his amazing contributions to this event, as well as SD#23, John Rever, Hugh Gloster, Leanne Zorn, Carolyn Durley and anyone else whom without, this event would not be possible. A short history of OKM's Social Media class: OKM's social media was the first of it's kind in SD23, and BC. It all started with a simple idea of trying to encourage the use of media tools instead of preaching negative connotation. With a small group of students, the class made OKM's historical "OKM Gangnam Style" video, which has received roughly 50K hits to date. After that explosion of a debut, the social media class expanded and had the brainchild which was the SoMe Summit. In March of 2013, they received a grant from the Province for $15,000 dollars towards putting together the summit and spreading the joy of digital citizenship. Now, the group stands and is defined by it's manifesto:
-We believe that digital citizenship and literacy are integral to learning and living in an increasingly digital world. As digital citizens we are continually developing skills and competencies that enable us to effectively read, write and participate in the Web. As digital citizens we seek to understand the human, cultural and societal issues related to technology.