This is not an age that we grew up in, this is the age our children are growing up in. Kids won’t know about LPs, analog TV sets, wall phones, card catalogs that were really cards.We thought remote controls were impressive.We thought email was impressive and its almost passe’ now.Now we live in a globally connected world, where answers to questions can be found in seconds. People can reached at a moments notice.
Smartphones – basically laptops in our pockets.Personal computers that are our hubs for work, school and play.Kids in class with laptops, doing research, creating online content, living a daily, digital life.Satellite TV, Broadband Internet and technology infusing our homes, schools and workplaces.
Children and babies see their parents using technology daily. They see phones/tvs/computers in their homes and cars.They are getting hands on experience earlier and earlier.Personal statistics: Both of my children were proficient mouse users by the age of 4. I enjoyed their enjoyment of playing learning games on my personal pc.
This is a very dry definitionExpand the definition in laymen’s termsSimilar to what we consider good citizenship in our community. Service to others, good work ethic, generosity, etc."The 12 Guiding Principles of Exceptional Character," developed by the International Center for Leadership in Education, are Adaptability, compassion, contemplation, courage, honesty, initiative, loyalty, optimism, perseverance, respect, responsibility, and trust-worthiness (www.leadered.com/guiding_princ.html).AASL Standard: 1.3.1, 1.3.3, 1.3.15, 3.1.6, 4.3.4
Digital Citizenship WordleBriefly explain what a Wordle isMore interactive, engaging definition by keywords. Good DC conversation starter.Highlights many of the aspects of our digital world
Seems simple enough to have a general understanding of these principlesWhat is challenging is not assuming that every student/technology user understands/abides by them.Teaching these principles is the responsibility of parents, teachers, administrators, law enforcement officers, health care workers and the students themselves.These principles are a foundation for citizenship, but they also must be taught and reinforced early on to provide a basis for making digital citizens out of ourselves as well as our children and students.AASL Standard:2.3.2, 3.1.6, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 4.3.3
When thinking about those characters traits, teachers and administrators must also think of them in a digital context also. Especially when designing a Character Education Program in their districts or classrooms.Discuss other principles in terms of their digital context.
Parents, Teachers, Administrators, Law Enforcement, Community Members, and yes even students.Groups working together for a common causeBy involving the students in the teaching process they won’t be as apt to brush off lessons and they become more invested in the outcome.AASL Standard: 1.3.4, 1.4.2, 2.1.5, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.3.1-7
This sectionis really for Educators and Parents. If you show this to students they will find it dry and unappealing.Its to lay the foundation for a Digital Citizenship curriculum. These elements should begin to be interwoven in the daily existence of students, teachers and parents.AASL Standard: 1.3.1, 1.3.3, 1.3.15, 3.1.6, 4.3.4
Digital AccessNeed to make every effort to overcome the digital divide and ensure that the students have equal access to current technologies.Digital CommerceBeing able to distinguish between legal/legitimate and illegitimate/illegal /immoral exchanges of goods online. Buying items online such as books, movies, and computers vs. gambling, illegal downloading/copyright violation and pornography.
Digital CommunicationEmails, texting, blogs, cell phonesBeing able to select the most appropriate form/technology for communicationEg. Good form: calling your boss to let them know you’re running late Bad form: hitting reply all in an email, when you really should only respond to sender.Digital LiteracyTeaching ourselves and students to be information literate. Having the skills to be able to use multiple forms of technology efficiently.Being able to successfully apply skills we have learned previously in a new situation.Having a toolbox of stored information technology knowledge.
Digital Etiquette:There are standards of appropriate digital behavior that should be modeled and taught to adults as well as children and teens.Making rules is not enough. Rules should be made and the appropriate behaviors reinforced while the inappropriate ones are shown to be irresponsible.Digital Law:What is ethical and unethical in normal society holds true for the digital world too. Theft of identity, intellectual property, data; vandalism, abuse, copyright abuse/violations are illegal online also. Ethics are pretty straigthtforward. What is ethical face to face or in a court of law, is ethical online, and vice versa.
Digital RightsNeeds discussion, this would seem to border on some gray areas. I think it also hinges on the country you live in also.In America, the digital society is entitled to the same rights that are accorded in the Bill of Rights, however I believe these rights are assumed and not law. Right to privacy, free speech, etc. The online community needs to define these rights explicitly.Digital HealthErgonomics, repetitive stress syndrome, eye strain, Internet Addiction are all issues to consider and include in the lessons.
Just like the locks on our doors, as digital citizens we need to take steps to protect our identities, personal and professional data. Use of biometrics is commonplace. Fingerprint scans, face scans and voice recognition are easily put in place.Virus protection, backups, strong passwords, avoiding social engineering.Also physical protections for laptops while travelling, surge protectors for power protection.
Lots of online resources like BrainPop and Netsmartz are available with ready made programs to assist teachers and school districts in teaching the students to become digital citizens.AASL Standards: 1.1-4, 2.1-4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.2, 4.3
Teens are going to feel like they know it all already, so instead of approaching it as a cut and dry lesson, use the technology they’re comfortable with to get the message across.Encourage them to create online content (wikis, blogs), multimedia content (videos, podcasts) to show their knowledge. The end of cyberbullying is going to start when the kids realize they have the power to stop it.Banning social media and smartphones is not the avenue to creating digital citizens. Teach them to use the technology judiciously, not by forbidding it.AASL Standards: 1.1-4, 2.1-4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.2, 4.3
This would be a good starting point for getting curriculum and scope/plans.Once the teacher are familiar with the broad topic of Dcship, they can break it down into manageable chunks for the students.Dcship can then be interwoven into daily school life. *IMPORTANT*AASL Standards: 1.1-4, 2.1-4,3.1-4,4.2.3, 4.4
Briefly discuss the topics.Can be used as a basis for a series of lessons on DCshipAASL Standards:1.1-4, 3.1-4, 4.3, 4.4
Neither approach is the correct solutionNo learning happensAnd by blocking digital access, the students learn to access it outside the school environment
Discuss the interconnectivity of the misbehaviors and how they can be solved by taking a global approach to educating students.We shouldn’t segregate the students lives into two spheres, digital (outside school) and non-digital (or severely restricted digital) (@ school)Yes there will still be the issue of some misbehavior, but by forbidding access, we invite an increase in misbehavior.Teach them responsibility and EXPECT responsibility, and I believe they will respond positively.
Digital tools: student venues such as smartphones, the Web, multimedia and social networkingAllow them to teach themselves, using a standards based curriculum. They will feel empowered.AASL Standards: 1.1-4, 2.1-4,3.1-4, 4.1-4,
Digital Citizenship Teaching Digital Ethics & Safety for Today and the Future
Principles of Character Adaptability Compassion Contemplation Courage Honesty Initiative Loyalty Optimism Perseverance Respect Responsibility Trust-worthiness (ICLE, 2005)
“For example, the value respect, common to many inventories, might be restated: RESPECT within local, global, and digital communities.” (Ohler, 2011) Moderns Values vs. Digital World “These values seem acceptable for any age, but they need fine-tuning to be fully applicable to the world of cyberspace. “
In the past… Reactions to digital-age misbehavior have come in 2 forms: Responding in a case-by-case manner by arbitrarily blocking large portions of the Internet and expelling students OR
Those approaches DO NOT work They don’t show how the issues are connected and should be handled in a ‘connected’ manner. They don’t teach students how to be digital citizens. (Ohler, 2011) What they DO is reinforce that students should live their digital lives away from school and adults. (Ohler, 2011)
Character Education: The Solution to Choose Establish a proactive, aggressive character education program that uses student’s digital tools. (Ohler, 2011) Put digital activities within the context of community rather than students' private lives. (Ohler, 2011) Involve the students in the teaching process. (Hassett, 2010)
For the Best Results Digital Citizenship should be:
Resources Brain Pop http://www.brainpop.com/technology/digitalcitizenship/ Raising a Digital Child http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/uploads/09-0489_AWAY__26_DIGKIDS_.pdf Common Sense Media http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators Connect Safely http://www.connectsafely.org/other-resources.html Digital Citizenship.net http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/ Digital Citizenship http://www.nisd.net/digitalcitizen/Main_Page.html NetSmartz http://www.netsmartz.org
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