Most teachers are digital immigrants and their students are digital natives. Many students are ahead of the learning curve with technology use.
Would you agree with these characteristics?What other characteristics would you add to this list?
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Digital CitizenshipTo the 21st Century…and beyond!
Your classroom is going digital…• What do your students alreadyknow?• What do you need to know?
In his book Grown Up Digital, Don Tapscottdescribes the Net Generation student as havingthese characteristics:• Prize freedom and freedom of choice• Want to customize things, make them their own• Are natural collaborators, who enjoy aconversation, not a lecture• Scrutinize you and your organization.• Insist on integrity• Want to have fun, even at work or at school• See speed as normal• Believe innovation is part of life
No matter the ages of yourstudents…They deal with information overload.Now and in the future, their ability to thinkcritically, to behave ethically, to makegood decisions, and to communicateappropriately will be important skillsnecessary for success in the classroom, inthe workforce, and in life.
Students want to work faster and better, butwith all kinds of information at their fingertips:• Are our students ready to becomepart of the 21st century workforce?• Are they being prepared for jobs thathaven’t even been invented yet?
Employers of the 21st century view “soft” skillsas more important than work readiness.Students often lack:• Professionalism or work ethic• Oral and written communication skills• Teamwork and collaboration skills• Critical thinking or problem-solving skills“Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants tothe 21st Century U. S. Workforce,” 2006.Soft Skills
Teachers have the ability toimpact their students…We model how to become goodcitizens in our classrooms, in ourschools, in our cities, in our state, andin our nation.Why wouldn’t we want to teach ourstudents and model how to becomegood digital citizens?
The important questions…• What is digital citizenship?• Why is digital citizenship important?• Why should digital citizenship be partof the everyday learning experience?
Digital citizenship is…• using technology in an appropriateand responsible manner• complex in nature• at the center of issues such as theuse, misuse, and abuse of technology
Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey are theauthors of Digital Citizenship in Schools.9 Elements of Digital Citizenship:– digital access– digital commerce– digital communication– digital literacy– digital etiquette– digital law– digital rights and responsibilities– digital health and wellness– digital security.
Learning about and modeling digitalcitizenship is important because…• we are inundated with media-reported incidentsof cyber bullying, of individuals openly bloggingcomplaints about others, of students going toinappropriate sites during school time, and of thetheft of the personal information of others.• digital technology is rapidly growing andchanging constantly and teaching digitalcitizenship and communicating its norms willresult in knowledgeable and safe digital citizens(“digizens”)
5 of the 9 elements of digital citizenship willoften be encountered daily in the classroom:• Digital communication in the electronicexchange of information• Digital literacy in knowing when and how to usedigital technology• Digital etiquette in standards of conduct• Digital law governing the rights and restrictionsof technology use• Digital rights and responsibilities and thebehavioral expectations that are part of theprivilege
Knowledge of the basic elements ofdigital citizenship results in thetype of powerful learningexperience that students will needto encounter every day in theclassroom in order to compete ina global, digital world.
“…digital learning technologies are thedisruptive technologies that should be ofconcern to educators, for these are thetechnologies that are now transforming theway the world learns.”Phillip C. Schlechty, Leading for LearningA final thought…