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How to get the most out of ACT's Teaching Citizenship Conference 2024

The ACT Teaching Citizenship Conference is your chance to connect and reignite your passion for Citizenship with like-minded colleagues.

How to get the most out of ACT’s Teaching Citizenship Conference 2024

Excitement is building as ACT’s Teaching Citizenship Conference 2024 rapidly approaches! Scheduled for 26 June 2024 at the Coin Street Conference Centre in London, this premier event will gather teachers, practitioners, and stakeholders dedicated to advancing Citizenship education. The theme, Developing the Digital Citizen: AI, Rights, and Democracy, sets the stage for a deep dive into AI’s effects on democracy, human rights, and educating the next generation of informed citizens. Participants will engage in interactive workshops and discussions on AI’s impact, using technology for active citizenship, and integrating AI tools into the curriculum. This conference offers a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and join a vibrant community committed to innovative Citizenship education.

Conference Theme: Developing the Digital Citizen: AI, Rights and Democracy

From self-driving cars to automated algorithms shaping our newsfeeds, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is weaving itself into the very fabric of our lives. But what does this mean for democracy, human rights, and the critical task of educating the next generation of engaged, informed citizens? ACT’s Teaching Citizenship Conference invited you to explore this intriguing subject equipping you with the knowledge to empower students to navigate the complexities of AI with a critical approach.

What to Expect

This conference is a vibrant intersection of cutting-edge ideas and practical solutions. We’ll be inviting speakers to facilitate interactive workshops where you’ll explore:

  • AI’s potential pitfalls and promises for democracy
  • Harnessing technology for active citizenship: Design engaging projects that leverage AI to promote social justice, political participation, and responsible digital behavior
  • Transforming the classroom into a hub of innovation: Discover creative ways to integrate AI tools into your curriculum, sparking curiosity and igniting meaningful discussions
  • Empowering yourself and your students: Explore practical strategies for managing workload, navigating the legal landscape of AI use, and equipping your students with essential digital literacy skills

Check out the full itinerary here.

Tips for Making the Most of the Conference

  • Take Notes

While pens and paper will be available at registration, bringing your own notebook or electronic notebook might help with personal organisation. Laptops can be useful, but often aren’t necessary for the day. A simple pen and paper are just as effective.

  • Plan your Day

Check the events page ahead of time for the digital conference program and booking system. Review the workshop sessions and select the ones you’d like to attend. Since workshop allocation is first-come, first-serve basis, confirming your choices early can help you secure your preferred sessions

  • Network

This conference is a great opportunity to meet or reconnect with colleagues who share your passion for Citizenship education. Network through shared interest, engage with others on social media (using #ACTCON24), and exchange contact details. Be sure to visit the marketplace to connect with various organisations present at the event

  • Mental Health

Your well-being is essential. Here are some self-care tips to ensure you stay comfortable and happy:

    • Ask for Support
      • ACT Staff and Teaching Ambassadors are available for assistance with seat reservations or scheduling suggestions
    • Mental and Emotional Self-Care
      • Take breaks to reflect and relax, especially since large social gatherings can be overwhelming
    • Physical Self-Care
      • Remember to eat and stay hydrated! Carry a water bottle and a snack to keep yourself refreshed, as you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking and talking throughout the day. Dress comfortably for a potentially hot London summer day, but also bring a jacket as UK weather can be unpredictable!

Join Us

This is not just a conference; it’s a collaborative journey. Join a community of passionate educators and individuals committed to Citizenship as we form the future of Citizenship education. You’ll leave equipped with fresh perspectives, actionable strategies, and a renewed sense of purpose as we guide our students towards becoming informed, responsible, and empowered citizens in the age of AI.

Ready to embrace the digital revolution and reshape Citizenship education? Register today and let’s co-create a future where technology illuminates the path towards a more just and fair democracy!

We look forward to seeing you there!