Digital Citizenship


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This short slide show talks about our "born digital" students, why they are different and the challenges they face in the online, virtual world. Who will help them navigate this new frontier?

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Digital Citizenship

  1. 1. Why is Digital Citizenship Important?
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  3. 3. The Internet Has Changed! • 1.0 was static. • It was a one-way information highway. • It was a one-way flow of information through websites which contained 'read-only' material. • There was widespread computer illiteracy. • It involved slow Internet connections which added to the restrictions of the Internet. • It was application-based and applications needed to be purchased. • It was single creator content, meaning one person created the content and posted it.
  4. 4. Web 2.0 is different.  It allows software developers and users to use the Web in a participatory way.  It has moved from personal websites to blogs, from publishing to participation.  It is collaborative, many times involving multiple collaborators.  It is increasingly free with less need to purchase applications.  It allows for creating and sharing content.  It is faster.
  5. 5. We are on the frontier!
  6. 6. • Just like the pioneers who traveled West, we don’t know what is around the next corner. • It is impossible to predict the new innovations that will come our way on the Web! • We don’t have rules for this frontier. We have to make decisions based on what we know to be right and wrong in our physical world.
  7. 7. • The story is still being written all around us at an amazing pace. • The good news is there is a lot that can be done by parents, educators, community members and business members. • We need to harness the good that can come from the opportunities of Web. 2.0 and seek to head off the worst problems.
  8. 8. I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion. ~ Thomas Jefferson
  9. 9. •Our students are growing up in a culture which is global in scope and nature. • Our students are connected: by the they relate to information, by how they relate to new technologies, by how they relate to one another.
  10. 10. • Cultures are being created not only in the physical world but the digital, virtual world. We need to help students understand: • the possibilities their global culture brings forth and the challenges they will face. • along with the possibilities, there are responsibilities. Who helps them understand these responsibilities? How do we help them understand?
  11. 11. Our Students
  12. 12. In 2006, Time magazine declared its Person of the Year to be You. Why? Anyone with an internet connection can now be a reporter, political commentator, cultural critic, or media producer. • The new digital media frontier is rich with opportunities and risks, particularly for young people.
  13. 13. • Making quality judgments becomes more demanding as the complexity of the information and task increases. Young people are likely to avoid making quality judgments when it is difficult. • Students brains are not fully developed. The prefrontal cortex is not fully functioning. This brain functioning impacts students’ abilities to evaluate, interpret, modify, foresee consequences, and plan ahead. • Capacities for moral decision-making and action evolve over time and are affected by social contexts and experiences. (Kohlberg, 1981; Turiel, 2006)
  14. 14. Born Digital • Click and listen to the book talk.
  15. 15. Born Digital What does it mean and why does it matter to educators and parents?
  16. 16. born after 1980 user of technology thinks, writes, interacts, socializes with technology online is part of life
  17. 17. Thesis: “Digital Natives” know a world different than the one we know. They are making choices which may have significant consequences in their futures.
  18. 18. As educators and parents, our roles include guidance and support. We need to understand the issues. We need to be informed. We can make a difference.
  19. 19. Palfrey and Gasser have provided a current, well- researched and thoughtful framework. They describe the issues that are and will impact Digital Natives. Their understanding of the issues can inform our work.
  20. 20. We can use this framework: * to develop a shared understanding of the issues behind our work to support Digital Citizenship. * to help us decide which issues are most pressing.
  21. 21. 3 major areas 1 Identity privacy & safety 2 Intellectual Property + great creativity - online piracy 3 Information overload how to navigate- fact/fiction
  22. 22. Issue #1 As students’ identity development is shifting to the web and personally identifiable information is growing… What is the impact on privacy and safety?
  23. 23. Issue #2 As it becomes much easier to access and use content… What should we know about creating, creativity and copyright?
  24. 24. Issue #3 How do we support our students to make sense of the information they access? What should we know and do about overload?