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Marialice Curran

Digital Citizenship Institute
Founder & Executive Director, DigCitInstitute
Hartford, Connecticut Area
Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran is the Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Citizenship Institute. Her advanced graduate and doctoral studies on adolescent development at Boston College reinforced her commitment to service learning as Dr. Curran leads by hand, heart and mind.

As a pioneer in digital citizenship, Dr. Curran has served as a middle school teacher, principal, and associate professor. Currently, she is leading a global movement through the Digital Citizenship Institute (DCI) which hosts Digital Citizenship Summits around the world. Her community approach towards digital citizenship is a reminder that we are one world, one human race and it doesn't matter where you live, what language you speak because digital citizenship is everyone's responsibility.

Internationally recognized as an expert in her field, Dr. Curran designed and taught a First Year Seminar course in the Fall of 2011, Pleased to Tweet You: Are You a Socially Responsible Digital Citizen? This course is the impetus behind her work with both the Summit and Institute and culminating event, the iCitizen Project is the foundation for her interest in working with local, global, and digital communities to change the narrative from the protective and reactive to a more proactive and positive way to promote social good using technology and social media.

An entrepreneur and puppeteer at the age of 11, Dr. Curran's experiences include world travel with particular interest in the creative arts, middle level education, special education, teacher education and educational technology. Dr. Curran believes in a community-driven approach to educating and empowering digital citizens to create solutions in local, global and digital communities. Her mission is to turn negatives into positives and help to transform participants into designers, creative thinkers, global collaborators, problem solvers and justice-oriented digital citizens.

She has partnered with her twelve-year old son and the two are a recognized professionally as a mother/son digital citizenship team. The dynamic duo model best practices while working with parents, educators, students and community organizations. They recently told their mother/son story, DigCitKids: Lessons Learning Side-by-Side, to Empower Others Around the World. Dr. Curran also serves on the international advisory board for GlobalMindED and is a researcher, author, keynote, international speaker, and consultant.

My Speakers Sessions

Sunday, May 7
 

2:30pm EDT