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Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship
Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage. The topic of digital citizenship is certainly gaining momentum not only in the United States but around the world. In response to many discussions with users from around the world some new ideas have surfaced on how to discuss the nine elements of digital citizenship.

Nine Elements Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. 1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society. Technology users need to be aware that not everyone has the same opportunities when it comes to technology. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Respect, Educate and Protect (REPs) These elements have also been organized under the principles of respect, educate and protect. Respect Your Self/Respect Others - Etiquette - Access - Law Educate Your Self/Connect with Others - Literacy - Communication - Commerce Protect Your Self/Protect Others -Rights and Responsibility - Safety (Security) - Health and Welfare If this was to be taught beginning at the kindergarten level it would follow this pattern: Repetition 1 (kindergarten to second grade) Respect Your Self/Respect Others Digital Etiquette Educate Your Self/Connect with OthersDigital Literacy Protect Your Self/Protect Others Digital Rights and Responsibility

TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills How To Tackle Digital Citizenship During The First 5 Days Of School Digital citizenship is not a one time discussion. It is an ongoing process that needs to be taught to all grade levels and to all stakeholders. The problem is that things are changing so rapidly that it is difficult for everyone to keep up to date with the trends. Everyone has to be educated and develop an understanding of the role digital citizenship plays in our everyday lives. There is so much that goes into being a digital citizen; from taking photos of others to knowing when it is appropriate to share something online. Our students are like cowboys living in the wild wild west. Day One: Create An Acceptable Use Policy WITH Your Students – Give Them a Voice Every September we pass out the obligatory acceptable use policies with little thought to what they include. For this discussion, think about digital citizenship in general, at school, at home and in transit. Who is responsible for the technology or the device – what does that entail? Day Two:Discuss “Online Privacy”

Be Safe while Surfing Online - Learn How to Protect Yourself There are many precautions you can take as a child, teen or young adult while surfing the Internet. First, ALWAYS remember that you should NEVER give ANY personal information out about yourself unless you are with an adult, and they approve. While not all sites or individuals that collect information from children are illegal, it is better to be safe than sorry. It is also illegal to collect any personal information about children under the age of 13. This is called COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. Perhaps one of the best pieces of advice that you've probably heard over and over, "don't talk to strangers" is good to remember when you're on the Internet. Some predators have even been known to pose as friends, neighbors, or classmates in order to gain personal information from kids who are online. Remember, anything you say in a chat room can be monitored by anyone else there.

The Digital Citizen To be a citizen, of a country brings certain rights and responsibilities.In Rome, a citizen was exempt some taxes, protected against certain punishments, empowered with rights like voting, making contracts, marriage and standing for office. But with these rights also came responsibilities. The citizen of Rome had to speak Latin, pay taxes, serve jury duty, be registered and identified by birth certificate and census. They also had to up hold social responsibilities and be virtuous. Digital citizenship has similar benefits and responsibilities. A good digital citizen will experience the advantages of the digital world but like a citizen of a nation, they will be identifiable, speak using the appropriate language, serve his or her duty to judge what is appropriate within the laws of the land and ethical behavior, uphold their social responsibilities and be virtuous. This is being a virtuous citizen. Recommendation: Recommendations Recommendations. Recommendation. Recommendations

Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know Getty The Internet has made researching subjects deceptively effortless for students — or so it may seem to them at first. Truth is, students who haven’t been taught the skills to conduct good research will invariably come up short. That’s part of the argument made by Wheaton College Professor Alan Jacobs in The Atlantic, who says the ease of search and user interface of fee-based databases have failed to keep up with those of free search engines. In combination with the well-documented gaps in students’ search skills, he suggests that this creates a perfect storm for the abandonment of scholarly databases in favor of search engines. His article is responding to a larger, ongoing conversation about whether the ubiquity of Web search is good or bad for serious research. So what are the hallmarks of a good online search education? SKILL-BUILDING CURRICULUM. A THOROUGH, MULTI-STEP APPROACH. TOOLS FOR UNDERSTANDING SOURCES. TECHNICAL SKILLS FOR ADVANCED SEARCH. Tasha Bergson-Michelson

21st Century Citizenship A Vision for 21st Century Citizenship The ways in which Americans, as citizens, engage in their communities, their country and the world are changing and expanding. The challenges of being a responsible, effective citizen are more diverse, nuanced and complex than in the past. P21 has embarked on a year long project to redefine and reimagine 21st century citizenship, working in partnership with the leading civic learning, global awareness, and digital literacy experts. This project is being sponsored by a generous grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Education for a Changing World - Parents Guide for 21st Century Learning and Citizenship Part of a three-part toolkit aimed at parents and families, this new offering from P21 is a collaboration between P21 members and National PTA.

Vintage and Modern Free Public Domain Images Archive Download - Public Domain Images | Free Stock Photos Calgary Board of Education - Learning Innovation Home Learning Innovation Web Awareness Digital Citizenship The Calgary Board of Education is committed to preparing its students to thrive in the 21st century. Digital citizenship, with an emphasis on both ethical behaviour and safety, is a key component of helping CBE students use available digital technologies to their best advantage in order to reach their full potential as learners within the CBE and beyond. Digital Citizenship Plans are a tool that schools use to ensure that students and staff have access to and can use available educational technologies to support learning within a strong culture of digital citizenship. Digital Citizenship is having the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to demonstrate responsible and respectful behaviour when using technology or participating in digital environments. "Digital citizenship isn't just about recognizing and dealing with online hazards.

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Researchers Your students are probably Internet authorities. When it comes to Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, they might know far more than you. All of that time spent tweeting and chatting doesn’t necessarily translate to deep learning though. Both college professors and employers will expect young people to know their way around the academic side of the Internet; a skill that for many students, needs to be taught. Image via Flickr by Brad Flickinger For many students, doing research means typing a word or two into a Google search and using information from the first link that pops up. Common Sense Media You will find lesson plans to teach strategic searches to middle school and high school students. Google Of course Google will be a go-to source both for doing searches and for finding related lessons. Do you have a complicated relationship with Wikipedia? Teaching Channel Here, you will find a short video of a lesson on assessing websites. Read Write Think Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything

What 'digital' really means Companies today are rushing headlong to become more digital. But what does digital really mean? For some executives, it’s about technology. For others, digital is a new way of engaging with customers. And for others still, it represents an entirely new way of doing business. Even as CEOs push forward with their digital agendas, it’s worth pausing to clarify vocabulary and sharpen language. It’s tempting to look for simple definitions, but to be meaningful and sustainable, we believe that digital should be seen less as a thing and more a way of doing things. Creating value at new frontiers Being digital requires being open to reexamining your entire way of doing business and understanding where the new frontiers of value are. Unlocking value from emerging growth sectors requires a commitment to understanding the implications of developments in the marketplace and evaluating how they may present opportunities or threats. Creating value in core businesses Proactive decision making.

Question Your Media: Vet It Before You Share It Do you trust everything you read? Hopefully not — 84% of Millennials acknowledge that news and information is presented with some bias. It’s only when you train yourself to be “media literate” that you can look past the surface of information. And once you decide what’s truthful, you can create and share your own messages. Media literacy is an approach to deciphering data, including the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information in all forms, from ads to blogs to online news. Being media literate is beneficial to everyone, from the student studying history to the voter choosing a candidate. Photo Credit: POOL New/Reuters I pledge to stand with the Center for Media Literacy and look past what’s on the surface when consuming and creating media. These are five questions I will ask myself when analyzing media. Who created this message? These are five questions I will ask myself when creating media. What am I authoring? Got a few more helpful tips?

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