Digital Citizenship Action Plan By Lauren Zoerhoff Presented to school board 2/2012
Overview• What is Digital Citizenship?• Why is it important?• Does our community/school have Digital Citizenship?• How can we make a change?
What is Digital Citizenship? According to Ribble et al., digital citizenship can be defined as, “the norms of behavior with regard to technology use” (Ribble, Bailey, Ross; 2004). I would add that it is also the public expectation with regard to technology use.
Why is Digital Citizenship Important?• Technology is becoming an increasingly dominant part of peoples’ lives• There are dangers and risks involved with using technology because people are not displaying Digital Citizenship• The risks are beginning to outweigh the rewards of technology use
Does our Community have Digital Citizenship? Prevalence of Cyberbullying Among Teens Who Use Social Media 100 90 80 Teens who say they have been cyberbullied 70 Teens who say they have 60 cyberbullied someone elsePercentage 50 Teens who say they have been 40 victims of cyberbullying 30 20 10 0
Does our School Have Digital Citizenship? Percentage of Students Who Have Had Their Personal Information Solicited from a Stranger Online Yes 29% No 71% There have also been numerous incidents this year where students have misused school computers
How Can We Make a Change? Incorporate curriculum that shows students how to do the following: •Use technology safely and securely •Exercise proper digital etiquette •Use technology for empowerment Students exercise digital citizenship at SCHOOL and at HOME Classroom teachers build cross-disciplinary connections with technology curriculum and connect content with technology Students will become adults who have strong digital citizenship
Goals• After three years of implementation• After five or more years of implementation
After Three Years…• Students can identify a variety of tools that they can use online to find quality information or empowerment• The prevalence of cyberbullying has decreased 5 percent• Students can distinguish between secure and non-secure internet behavior• Students can identify cyberbullying and its implications• Students can identify plagiarism• Students are using digital technology to communicate about academics• Students identify the modes of digital technology that they use and ways they can use that mode for an academic purpose
After Five Years…• Students are using empowerment tools online multiple times per week• The prevalence of cyberbullying has decreased more than 10 percent• Students are regularly engaging in only secure internet behavior• Students are reporting cyberbullying and taking the proper steps to handle scenarios where they are exposed to cyberbullying• Students know how to properly cite information they use from the internet• Students are regularly using digital technology to communicate about positive, school-related topics• Students are using modes of digital technology they use in their every day lives multiple times per week for academic purposes
Action Plan• Collaboration between three parties• Technology teachers• Classroom teachers• Parents
Collaboration Between Three PartiesTECHNOLOGY TEACHERS CLASSROOM TEACHERS PARENTS
Technology Teachers Technology teachers implement Cybersmart Curriculum• Grades K-8• One Cybersmart unit per year (5-10 class periods)• Free lesson plans on Cybersmart website
Classroom Teachers• One digital assignment or task per week• Connect the digital assignment or task to a Cybersmart skill
Examples• Have students create a blog at the beginning of the year and then each week add a post that relates to what they are doing in class• Have students perform research of some kind• Have students carry out a chat of some kind with a group or partner that is about a topic relating to class• Have students create a visual of some kind using a digital program• Have students make a short video• Have students email the teacher a response of some kind• Have students record a voice narration about a certain topic• Have students create a powerpoint and add a new slide each day about a particular topic or unit
Parents• Assist students in completing the “Home Connection” portions of Cybersmart curriculum• Assist students in finding computer access either at home, at school, or in the community
Works Cited• Ribble, M., Bailey, G., & Ross, T. (2004). Digital Citizenship: Addressing Appropriate Technology Behavior. Learning and leading with Technology, 32(1), 6-12. Retrieved February 13, 2012, from http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/uploads/1stLL.pdf• Bullying Statistics: Fast Facts About Cyberbullying | Covenant Eyes. (n.d.). Internet Safety through Accountability & Filtering | Covenant Eyes. Retrieved February 13, 2012, from http://www.covenanteyes.com/2012/01/17/bullying-statistics-fast- facts-about-cyberbullying/• Teenagers. (n.d.). Media Use Statistics Resources on media habits of children. Media Literacy Clearinghouse: Resources for K-12 Educators. Retrieved February 13, 2012, from http://www.frankwbaker.com/mediause.htm• CyberSmart! Student Curriculum. (n.d.). CyberSmart! Student Curriculum. Retrieved February 13, 2012, from http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/
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