14. Digital Citizenship


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Digital Citizenship is commonly defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. A digital citizen is one who knows what is right and wrong, exhibits intelligent technology behavior, and makes good choices when using technology. Does that sound like you? Click on the infographic below – do you practice all of these nine skills on a regular basis?
Mark Ribble expanded these basic concepts into nine elements organized into three categories:

School Environment and Student Behavior

1. Digital Rights and Responsibilities: the privileges and freedoms extended to all digital technology users, and the behavioral expectations that come with them
2. Digital Communication: the electronic exchange of information
3. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society
4. Digital Etiquette: the standards of conduct expected by other digital technology users
5. Digital Security: the precautions that all technology users must take to guarantee their personal safety and the security of their network

Student Learning and Academic Performance

6. Digital Literacy: the capability to use digital technology and knowing when and how to use it
7. Digital Law: the legal rights and restrictions governing technology use

Student Life Outside the School Environment

8. Digital Health and Wellness: the elements of physical and psychological well-being related to digital technology use
9. Digital Commerce: the buying and selling of goods online

Many argue that these elements should just be subsumed into the general definition of “citizenship” due to the pervasiveness of technology in today’s society. Regardless of definitions, these concepts are firmly embedded in learning standards from Common Core to the ISTE Educational Technology Standards for both students (ISTE-S) and teachers (ISTE-T). What age is too early to begin talking with students about digital citizenship?  Some K-12 schools are introducing personal digital responsibility as early as 1st grade.

Credit: http://thebookfairygoddess.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/digital-citizenship.html

Resources to Explore

The following groups of resources will be helpful to you as you grow in your own digital citizenship and as you influence the next generation of digital citizens.

Digital Rights and Responsibilities

Standing up, Not Standing By: A Free Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit

Digital Passport (Cyberbullying: E-volve) https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration
Webonauts Internet Academy http://pbskids.org/webonauts/
Cyberbullying Lesson from Netsmartz http://www.netsmartz.org/Cyberbullying
Teachers are also victims of Cyberbullying! http://jessysaurusrex.com/2014/04/22/teachers-cyberbullied-by-students-and-their-parents/
Digital CommunicationDigital Passport (Communication: Twalkers) https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration

Relationships and Communication Scope and Sequence http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence

Cell Phones Lesson http://www.netsmartz.org/CellPhones

Digital Access

Donors Choose http://www.donorschoose.org/
Bridging the Digital Divide with HomeLink http://www.edutopia.org/homelink-free-student-computers-internet

Digital Etiquette

Digital Passport (Share Jumper) https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration

Hoven School District Superintendent’s Blog: What Digital Footprint Will You Leave Behind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2eRQN9zjxk

Digital Security

Internet Safety Scope and Sequence http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence

Privacy and Security Scope and Sequence http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence

Protecting Students’ Data http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/04/how-educators-can-protect-students-data-from-security-breaches-heartbleed-privacy/

Jessy Irwin’s Slideshow about Info Security in the Classroom. pay particular attention to slides 8-14. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1nLe2F3yoZpGcE8JY27UfgB5IObVJtIgdAbiXITEcT4k/edit?pli=1#slide=id.g5e0b20e58_063

Hector’s World http://hectorsworld.netsafe.org.nz/

Basic Internet Safety Lesson from Netsmartz http://www.netsmartz.org/InternetSafety

NetBasics http://www.netbasics.org.nz/

Carnegie Cyber Academy http://www.carnegiecyberacademy.com/

I Know What You Did Five Minutes Ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYVBshcN7wU

Digital Literacy

Digital Passport (Search: Search Shark) https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration

Information Literacy Scope and Sequence http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence
Packetville http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/netacad/packetville/index.html
Safe Surfing with Doug http://www.disney.co.uk/DisneyOnline/Safesurfing/main.html
Your Digital Footprint May Be Unflattering http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8C1a2z_cuQ

Digital Law

Digital Passport (Creative Credit: Mix-n-Match) https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration

Creative Credit and Copyright Scope and Sequence http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence
Five-Minute Film Festival Copyright and Fair Use for Educators http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-copyright-fair-use

Digital Health and Wellness
Self-image and Identity Scope and Sequence http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence
Digital Footprint & Reputation Scope and Sequence http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence

Digital Compass- educational game that gives kids the freedom to explore how decisions made in their digital lives can impact their relationships and future. https://www.digitalcompass.org/
Digital Passport-Teach the basics of online safety and responsibility to third- through fifth-graders with this suite of games. https://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration

Digital Bytes- teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities and collaborative projects that voice their ideas for making smart choices. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/digital-bytes

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-citizenship-need-to-know-vicki-davis?utm_content=blog&utm_campaign=digital-citizenship-need-to-know&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_term=link

Inappropriate Content for Children Lesson from Netsmartz http://www.netsmartz.org/InappropriateContent
Superintendent Reacts to Teacher Facebook Pages http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VMJM-SQjUBc
Overexposed http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TiQH1jhzdWk
Digital Commerce

Identity Theft Lesson from Netsmartz http://www.netsmartz.org/IdentityTheft


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ISTE Standards

ISTE-S 5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship
ISTE-T 4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
a. Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources
b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources
c. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information
d. Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools

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