Let's Chat! Digital Leadership in Madison, Indiana

As part of the iMAC grant consortium with the Indiana Department of Education, Madison Consolidated Schools has formed a student cadre under the direction of Lisa Cutshall, Director of eLearning, and co-teachers Melanie Torline and Jennifer Watson. The Digital Leadership class is made up of 13 hand-selected students; 11 of these students are freshmen and 2 of these students are juniors that serve as mentors. The class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:15am - 7:45am.

In this course, the students use the learning management system, My Big Campus, to receive announcements, participate in discussions, and complete assignments. Throughout August and September, students worked through a preparatory phase consisting of modules on digital citizenship, cyberbullying, online security, copyright & plagiarism, and social media on My Big Campus. Now that they have completed the preparatory phase, students are creating digital curriculum on digital citizenship for their peers at the high school, along with the students at the junior high and elementary levels.  

The overall goal with this curriculum is to make students aware of their digital presence online and to lead others in creating positive “digital tattoos” that will benefit them in their current circumstances and in their future lifestyles and careers.


• Student Blogspot: What Does Digital Leadership Mean to You? 
"Digital Leadership does not have a definite definition. I believe that Digital Leadership can’t be defined by Google's definition or Webster’s Dictionary definition, but by our own opinion. I believe that Digital Leadership is being a leader in today’s world (technology wise). Although it is not about having the latest and greatest iPads or headphones, it is about being wise about what you post, blog, vlog, and/or use with these devices that makes all of the difference." ~Aleah Cutshall
"I feel that at its most basic level, digital leadership is simply acting responsibly on the inter-web. This can be things as simple as not posting hurtful and/or rude things on the internet chaps! Digital leaders are those blokes who take the idealistic attitude and methods of digital citizens and implement them as well as they can." ~Tristan Kelsey
"To me, as a digital leader, you are showing and sharing techniques on how to survive the world unknown and beyond. You’re giving techniques on how to be responsible, careful, and courageous. You’re showing people it’s okay to take a stand, it’s important to take care, and protect themselves." ~Hadassah Harris

ENvisioning our Futures--Imagining and Creating at East Noble School Corporation

East Noble School Corporation was fortunate to have been chosen to be a part of the Imagining and Creating Grant Consortium organized under the Indiana Department of Education.  At East Noble, both middle and high school students were chosen to be a part of video production classes that were to focus their work on Digital Citizenship.  With teacher Kim Williams directing the middle school level, students voluntarily chosen to be a part of the class, whereas at the high school, students were asked personally by teacher Luke Amstutz to participate in the class.  The middle school class has included nearly 60 students throughout the course of the year, whereas the high school class has had the same eight students throughout the year.  These classes meet daily. 

In these courses, students began the year by learning the basics of video production, script writing, lighting, and sound, by creating projects centered around school needs, such as the middle school anti-bullying week and the high school’s “A Day in the Life of a Freshman,” to be used at Freshman Orientation.  Once students got familiar with the basics, they set their sights on creating quality videos on digital citizenship. 

This high school group, called ENVision, have posted a variety of videos on their You Tube channel over topics such as Piracy, Cyberbullying, Texting and Driving, Identity Theft, and Digital Footprints.  They have also done a variety of videos for the school and various organizations in the community.  Check out the video they did over the Uses of Technology at East Noble High School by clicking this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPKy_MZRdfg .

As a result of their work, these talented students were asked by a corporation in Kendallville to create a video advertising their company.  In exchange for this, the company will be giving a donation back to the video class for more equipment. 

We are proud of the efforts of our students to create quality videos over topics that are important to themselves, their school, and their community.  They have learned skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.