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'DigiFest' Highlights Digital Literacy in Hudson Valley

Tali Horowitz presented information about digital citizenships to school administrators and teachers
Tali Horowitz presented information about digital citizenships to school administrators and teachers Photo Credit: Colette Connolly

HARRISON, N.Y. – The Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC) cohosted a conference on digital citizenship, DigFest, with New York State Curriculum for Advanced Technological Education (NYSCATE), School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS), and Common Sense Education.

Digital citizenship describes comfort in a digital world.

Sarah Martabano, manager of educational technology at the LHRIC Model Schools Department, said digital literacy, or citizenship “has to be part of the curriculum and reinforced for kids.”

She talked about research that shows schools lack sufficient plans for such instruction. She noted that children have mobile devices, but the schools do not teach them how to use technology safely.

Tali Horowitz, a former teacher and education manager of Common Sense Education, led the daylong event by providing an overview of the kind of digital literacy and citizenship curriculum that schools could implement K – 12.

“This is probably one of the highest priority issues we could be addressing in the region,” she said. “This is one we can’t ignore.”

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