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Digital literacy, digital citizenship

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  • Thanks for such a wonderfully concise and informative presentation, Anne. I look forward to sharing and discussing this with my fellow librarians. Sarah
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Digital literacy, digital citizenship

  1. 1. Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship Anne Collier Co-Director ConnectSafely.org
  2. 2. A living Internet HuffingtonPost.com
  3. 3. Embedded in ‘real life’
  4. 4. The ‘Net effect’ <ul><li>How the Internet changes the equation: Content is… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disinhibition: Lack of visual cues reduces empathy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replicable – potential for instant mass distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scalable – potential high visibility on mass scale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invisible audiences – never know who’ s watching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permanent & searchable – difficult to “take back” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blurring of public and private – boundaries not clear </li></ul></ul>Source: danah boyd: Taken out of Context, 2008
  5. 5. The definition question <ul><li>Technical literacy? </li></ul><ul><li>What of social literacy … and media literacy? </li></ul><ul><li>Digital citizenship </li></ul>
  6. 6. Students’ definitions <ul><li>Developing and determining the best… </li></ul><ul><li>Means of communication & self-expression </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for maintaining the line between personal and professional expression </li></ul><ul><li>Media tools for reaching one’s communication/expression goals </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics for online practices and expression </li></ul><ul><li>Ways to function in collaboration & community </li></ul>
  7. 7. Key take-away: We learn by doing
  8. 9. “ Promote digital citizenship in pre-K-12 education as a national priority.” – Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report of the Online Safety & Technology Working Group Our report to Congress, June 2010...
  9. 10. 6 elements of digital citizenship <ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Participation or “civic engagement” </li></ul><ul><li>Literacies : tech, media, social </li></ul><ul><li>Rights and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Norms of behavior (&quot;good citizenship”) </li></ul><ul><li>A sense of membership , belonging </li></ul>
  10. 11. Proposed definition <ul><li>Citizenship: the rights & responsibilities of full, positive engagement in a networked world </li></ul><ul><li>Rights – access & participation, privacy, freedom of expression, physical & psychological safety, safety of material and intellectual property </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibilities – respect & civility toward others; protecting own/others’ rights & property; respectful participation; the 3 literacies of a networked world </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>It’s protective – fosters community </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes agency – the self-actualization needed for self-actualized media </li></ul><ul><li>Supports safe participation online & off </li></ul><ul><li>Turns users into stakeholders (citizens) </li></ul><ul><li>Supports community goals as well as individual goals and well-being </li></ul>Why digital citizenship?
  12. 13. <ul><li>Safety and support </li></ul><ul><li>Power – as agents for social good (online & offline) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal success in and with social media and life </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to collaborate with fellow participants </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to co-create the social norms of social media </li></ul><ul><li>Professional training & leadership opportunities online and offline. </li></ul>What’s in it for youth?
  13. 14. Thank you! <ul><li>Anne Collier </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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