Intentional digital citizenship activities are needed for middle school-aged students. Students lack rules, guidelines, and information regarding digital citizenship, which places them at risk in an online community. In order to prepare our students for higher education and future careers, students must gain further knowledge and understanding of how to be responsible and good digital citizens.
With more access to technology there are more discrepancies and inconsistencies with how digital tools are being used. Just as we educate our students about appropriate behaviors in an educational setting, it is vital to teach them the rules in the digital world and using technology safely and responsibly.
Trends indicate that digital media use has increased for students outside of the classroom over 40% since 1999, and students use digital media approximately 6.5 hours on a daily basis. Educators value digital citizenship but do not have enough information or curriculum to address digital citizenship and digital literacy education.
To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new.
The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section. (CCSI, 2012)
National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers
Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and ResponsibilityTeachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
National Educational Technology Standards for Students
Digital CitizenshipStudents understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
When implementing strategies to encourage safe, ethical, and legal technology use, it is integral to communicate with families the standards and expectations that are a part of the school community.• Website• Newsletter• Copies of standards and objectives• Online activities and training
Implementing Digital Citizenship in Middle School
Digital literacy and citizenship area vital part of 21st centuryclassroom. Establishing auniform, age-appropriatepresentation for each grade levelthat includes the samevocabulary, standards, andexpectations is a way to informand educate students andeducational staff aboutresponsible technology use.
Overview:A Digital Driver’s License ( http://otis.coe.uky.edu/DDL/launch.php) is an online learning tool that trains students in safe technology and utilizes “The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship.”
Goal:Students will gain a deeper understanding of digital citizenship as it relates to their education, home life, and future goals. Students will be able to transfer their knowledge across the curriculum in all content areas and be able to utilize resources for safe, ethical and legal technology use.
“Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology.” (Ribble, 2013)
With the surge of technology in schools, digital citizenship needs to be embedded in our curriculum, and all teachers need to model and teach responsible use of technology.
Students participating in theDigital Driver’s License activity become more aware ofappropriate technology use, are able to self-assess their learning, and are able toactivate their knowledge across the curriculum and content areas.
Giving students and teachers this valuable information and these activities will allow educators tohave consistent expectations and vernacular in hopes to increasedigital citizenship and responsible online learning in all aspects of a student’s life.
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