The Global Digital Citizen Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating responsible, ethical, global citizens for a digital world.
More and more we are working, playing, learning, and living online. So much of who we are is shared instantaneously with friends, family, colleagues, and often total strangers. We can do amazing things for today’s learners once we recognize that this is the way they are living their lives.
Our global awareness in today’s digital world must be tempered by compassion, integrity, responsibility, environmental awareness, and multicultural understanding. We have created the Global Digital Citizenship Foundation to help teachers instil these values in their students and guide them towards creating a better world for themselves and for others.
We are privileged to be working with educators in many different countries in helping them make the shift to a modern learning environment. This kind of environment focuses on guiding our students towards taking ownership for their learning. It’s about providing challenges that are relevant to the learner—ones that develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are crucial to their growth and independence.
Students use the skills of higher-order thinking and creativity to engineer products of all sorts, including digital ones, as solutions to relevant real-world problems. The 21st Century Fluencies, first presented in the book Literacy is Not Enough, (Crockett, Lee et. al.; 2011), play a key role as processes that are designed to develop these skills in our learners, to a level where they become instinctively and transparently used.
Change … everything
Through our implementation of professional learning programs around the world we have witnessed a phenomena. As students become familiar with the Fluencies, they want to apply them to transform the world in which they live. They see problems around them, and see Solution Fluency as the process to enable them to manifest change. This has occurred in every country we work, and at every grade level. As their ideas have transcended borders we felt compelled to create a support mechanism that does the same. Our Projects section was developed specifically to allow students to crowd-fund their plans.
To help facilitate this change we have developed extensive resources and exceptional professional learning programs. All of this is designed with you and your students in mind. Our goal is to accompany you on the journey forward in your professional transformation, and help your students become both life-long learners and creators of a bright future. Together, we can achieve this vision.
The Global Digital Citizen Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information please contact us.