Digital Citizenship is where technology meets character education. You cannot discuss 21st Century Education without considering the impact technology is having on lives and learning. The next few years education may very well be unrecognizable to many of us but what is certain is that we want students to use technology wisely, safely and ethically. We can have these discussions on-line and off-line but first we have to make peace with the inevitable and carry on.
When you hear the words Digital Citizenship, what do you think?
State law requires that it is taught in the classroom.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in their National Education Technology Standards dedicates one of it’s standards to the topic.
Our own California Model School Library Standards for K12 require students to demonstrate ethical behavior digitally and it brings part of the responsibility into the school library.
How do we teach Digital Citizenship?
Digital Citizenship is far more than cyber safety. Mike Ribble developed nine themes of digital citizenship that help educators and parents understand the comprehensive nature of digital citizenship and provide guidance in approaching how to teach lessons. School libraries and library staff should have an understanding of these issues in order to guide students in their research and use of information.
Ribble then categorizes the nine elements into three “teachable” areas called “REP” (Respect, Educate and Protect). Now you have a framework to develop a well-rounded unit on Digital Citizenship.
The nine elements and three concepts provide the foundation for our curriculum. Now we can plug in lessons that address each element. I am going to give nine examples of ways you can introduce these topics in your library or classroom. The ages vary. These sources often have many other lessons and ideas for all grades and stages.
Just other great resources to explore. We can look at some if there is still time.
Teaching digital citizenship in a not so-digital setting
Teaching Digital Citizenship in a Not-So-Digital Setting Dollie Forney Library Resource Specialist Learning Multimedia Center Santa Clara County Office of Education Dollie_Forney@sccoe.orgLibrary Summer Camp 2012
“Digital Citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.” Ribble, Mike. Digitalcitizenship.net. ISTE. 2012.web. June 2012Library Summer Camp 2012
California AB 307 requiresdistrict technology plans to “include a component toeducate pupils and teachers on the appropriate and ethical use of information technology in the classroom.”Library Summer Camp 2012
from the California Model School LibraryStandards for CA Public Schools K12: “Concept # 3: Students Use InformationThe student willorganize, synthesize, create, andcommunicate information.3.1 Demonstrate ethical, legal, and safe useof information in print, media, and onlineresources.”Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through GradeTwelve, Ed. Fay Ong. Sacramento: California Department of Education, 2011. Print. Library Summer Camp 2012
So how do we teachDigital Citizenship?• Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship Framework• Explore resources that will address each elementLibrary Summer Camp 2012
Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship by Mike Ribble1. Digital Access: Does everyone in your school have equal opportunities as far as technology use is concerned? Do all students have the opportunity to be involved in digital society?2. Digital Commerce: Are students aware of opportunities as well as problems associated with purchasing items using digital technology? Should students be made more aware of how to purchase goods and services through digital formats?3. Digital Communication: Do I use email, cell phones, texting, and social networking technologies appropriately when communicating with others? What rules, options, and etiquette do students need to be aware of when using digital communication technologies?4. Digital Literacy: Is enough time devoted to learning how to use technology tools in the classroom? How can students use digital technologies to take best advantage of the educational opportunities available to them?5. Digital Etiquette: Are students aware of others when they use technology? Do students realize how their use affects others?6. Digital Law: Are students using technology the way it was intended? Are students infringing on others’ rights by the way they use technology? Should students using digital technologies be accountable for how they use digital technologies?7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities: What rights and responsibilities do students have in a digital society? How do we make students more aware of their rights and responsibilities when using digital technologies?8. Digital Health & Wellness: How can students be physically affected by technology? Are students aware of the physical dangers that can accompany the use of digital technology? How else can someone become injured by using technology?9. Digital Security (self-protection): How do students protect their technology in a digital society? How can students be taught to protect themselves and their equipment from harm? Ribble, Mike. Digital Citizenship in Schools.. Eugene: International Society for Technology in Education. 2011. Print. Library Summer Camp 2012
Respect Your Self and Respect Others: Etiquette: www.brainpop.com: Elementary Access: Digital Access Infographic Grades 4-12 or Library Display Law: Fair Use Grades 6-8Library Summer Camp 2012
Educate Your Self/Connect with Others: Communication: CyberSmart! Grade 2/3 Literacy: Parts of the Computer Grade K/1 Commerce: Shopping On-line TeenLibrary Summer Camp 2012
Protect Your Self/Protect Others Rights and Responsibilites: Google Digital Literacy Tour Grade 4-8+ Safety (Security) Safety Quiz Grade 1-5 Health/Welfare Digital Addiction Middle School/TeenLibrary Summer Camp 2012
More great resource links: http://www.connectsafely.org/other-resources.html Copies of the National Educational Technology Standards for students, educators and administrators http://www.iste.org/standards.aspx Recommended Facebook safety settings for teenshttp://www.connectsafely.org/Safety-Advice-Articles/facebook-privacy-chart-for- teens.html AWESOME poster illustrating the decision making process about posting a friends photo on the internet http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/middlehigh_poster ANOTHER AWESOME poster for K-5 http://cdn2-www.ec.commonsensemedia.org/educators/elementary_poster Documentary to consider how growing up on the internet is transforming the experience of childhood http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonlineCalifornia School Library Association’s site with suggestions for librarians and educators http://ecitizenship.csla.net/ Digital Citizenship Poster http://www.iste.org/store/product.aspx?ID=2296 Program on Cyber Ethics, Safety, Security and Health http://www.woogiworld.com/educators/ Library Summer Camp 2012
I.M.H.O…School librarians and library staff have such a unique opportunity to connectwith a school community. One of the benefits of working in a school libraryis being beloved because you make it your business to know your students’hearts and minds so you can find them a book they love or that informationthey need. Also, you are often one of the few adults who interact regularlyand consistently with all students all the time they attend your school. Thatmeans you can offer continuity, consistency and trust. Leverage that role.Become someone who embraces technology and shares a love for learningnew, cool and ultimately powerful things while helping students explorewhat it means to behave ethically and responsibly in this brave, new world. Ifyou can do that well, you will be a rock star.Approach the future with hope and imagination. Swim in the deep-end.Don’t dwell on how much you do and do not know about technology.Practice and teach caution, wisdom and discernment. Behave like you expectstudents not be bullies or victims but smart, savvy users of technology. Askyour students to help you learn about their world. Talk about right and wrongon-line. Model the kind of student you want them to be.Thank you for listening and sharing today and have an amazing school year! Library Summer Camp 2012
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