Digital Citizenship for 21st Century Learners


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Information Literacy in 21st Century global participatory digital culture puts responsibility on each learner to become a digital citizen.

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Digital Citizenship for 21st Century Learners

  1. 1. Digital Citizenship for st Century Learners 21 Valerie Hill, MLS, PhD ACRL Virtual World Interest Group February 2014
  2. 2. Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy in the school library
  3. 3. 7 Elements of IL Using the Big 6, the SCONUL7 Pillars of Information Literacy, Bloom’s Taxonomy, the AASL standards for 21st Century Learning, and Common Sense Media, the following 7 information literacy elements for 21st century learning show how information literacy can be modeled for global digital participatory culture.
  4. 4. 1. Identify Need (Critical Inquiry) Question: What’s my need? Learning to ask good questions and to identify information needs in digital culture is crucial because online search tools can lead students in many directions through distracting (compelling) hyperlinks.
  5. 5. Need to Focus
  6. 6. 2. Scope (Critical Thinking) Question: What do I already know? Learners use critical thinking, based on prior knowledge, personal experiences and curiosity in order to gain understanding and draw conclusions.
  7. 7. Your experiences…Your passions
  8. 8. 3. Planning (Search Strategies) Question: What strategies can I/we use? 21st century learners live with instant global access to information which means learning to juggle many formats and search tools (transliteracy).
  9. 9. Choose the right tool.
  10. 10. 4. Gathering & Analyzing (Locate & Access) Question: How can I (we) make informed decisions? Analyzing information today includes “weeding” from the huge stream of information incoming through media formats. Gathering and analyzing information requires judgment skills.
  12. 12. 5. Managing (Participating) Participation(Contribution) Question: How can I become an ethical digital citizen? Networked individuals must learn cyber-safety, respect for intellectual property, and good communication skills in multiple formats.
  13. 13. Instant Global Access Digital citizens take time to think before sharing and leaving digital footprints.
  14. 14. 6. Constructing (Creativity) Question: What can I make or do with what I learn? Collaboration (constructivist learning) provides opportunities to construct, create, and curate content in networked culture. Content creation and content curation are both individual and networked activities.
  15. 15. The desire to create/construct is innate.
  16. 16. 7. Reflecting (Pursuit of Academic & Personal Growth) (Self-evaluation) Question: How did I do? Numerous digital applications make products look sleek but not necessarily full of depth. 21st century digital citizens take responsibility for learning and aesthetic growth.
  17. 17. Aesthetics
  18. 18. Is Digital Citizenship part of information literacy? In global participatory digital culture (where most information seeking behavior takes place), digital citizenship cannot be separated from information literacy but must be embedded.
  19. 19. How can librarians & educators teach IL & Digital Citizenship?
  20. 20. Ethridge is a Digital Citizenship Certified School
  21. 21. Digital Citizenship Game in Minecraft
  22. 22. Digital Citizenship Tips
  23. 23. Award Badges
  24. 24. Ongoing Digital Citizenship Lessons • • • • • • • • Website evaluation Intellectual property (citing sources) Cyber-safety Privacy Cyber-bullying Content creation tools (aesthetics) Content curation Never-ending Apps
  25. 25. The Library of The Future
  26. 26. Resources ALA. Standards for the 21st century learner. The Big Six (Feb. 2014). Bloom’s taxonomy. (Feb. 2014).'s_Taxonomy Common Sense Media. Digital Citizens in Minecraft. (2013) Edmodo. Ethridge Digital Citizenship Tips. (2014) Retreived from SCONUL7. pdf