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Digital Citizenship through Self-Awareness
FutureCasting™ is a curriculum of “life skills” that enables individuals of all ages to take control of their digital identity and personal reputation, identify the value systems that influence choices, define personal and professional goals, and build influence in a global society.
The goals of FutureCasting™ are to:
1. Increase individuals’ self-awareness, engagement in learning, and achievement
2. Enable individuals to develop globally recognized digital identities
3. Prepare individuals to contribute positively to local, national, and global communities.
The FutureCasting™ framework provide the necessary knowledge, tools, and skills to create a digitally responsible and influential online identity while serving numerous educational goals. For example, Millennials (individuals aged 10-25), have never known a life without computers and access to the Internet. However, just because Millennials are “digital natives” does not mean they know how to use technology responsibly or effectively leverage the ubiquitous information available online. FutureCasting™ enables them to learn the skills of digital citizenship: Being responsible producers and critical consumers of information on the Internet. Skills like conducting research online, developing a professional network, and creating a website are combined with critical self-examination to help users attain truly integrated success.
FutureCasting™ has the potential to benefit anyone who wants to increase their online presence, align their digital footprint with personal and professional goals, or learn the skills of socially responsible action. Students, ages 12-25, can use FutureCasting™ to create a digital portfolio that reflects the intersection of personal interests with academic productivity. Meanwhile adults entering the workforce can use FutureCasting™ to develop an online presence that highlights their unique talents; making their successes more accessible to future employers and putting them ahead of their competition.
In an era when information and opportunities are driven by access to information on the Internet, a tool like FutureCasting™ is what empowers people to leverage that information to catapult themselves into a future of their own design.