With mobile learning so prevalent, how can educators make certain that students know how to be good digital citizens? Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship offers a good description of 9 digital elements:
In addition, Guest Blogger Nancy White shared a post--Teachable Moments for Digital Citizenship--on Tech & Learning July 30, 2013, that includes an infographic explaining how teachers can take advantage of teachable moments when students are online and pursuing a learning task to reinforce appropriate behavior, safety, and application of skills.
What resources do you use to teach digital citizenship?
Thanks for the infographic...would make a great poster for my classroom! I really appreciate the discussion on this topic that is so essential to educators and especially students who tend to ignore the seriouness of safety and personal security/etiquette rules.
I post a list of "safe site" for students to use in their research - these include sites in which the district has purchased memberships, as well as, sites that have been approved by staff. Also are "Internet Agreements" that students and parents/guardians are asked to sign - these outline sets of rules to follow. One is by McAfee - McAfee Online Safety Pledge a PDF that can be downloaded and printed for all students to sign.
One of my favorite resources for explaining Internet safety to younger students (BrainPop Jr.) is linked in this article by Mary Beth Hetz in Edutopia:
Additionally, Common Sense Media (mentioned by Nancy above) includes article by – Caroline Knorr – Digital Citizenship tips for teens and parents – video and 5 "common sense" cleverly stated tips for teens to keep in mind. http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/be-good-digital-citizen-tips-teens-and-parents
Another resource is Teaching Channel – Focus on Internet research safety - here are links for 3 videos
These are just a few in a wealth of materials available for us to help our students "do the right thing" and be safe!
As students return for the start of another school year, teachers can use this time to promote appropriate digital citizenship with students of all ages. Tech & Learning features a great article, "Promote Good Digital Citizenship: 10 Ideas For Rich Academic Student Discussion Online," (July 23, 2013) that discusses general rules to follow when students are participating in online discussions.
The article offers additional tips for teens as digital citizens. Common Sense Media also provides an index of resources to teach digital citizenship that includes a lesson on a Digital Citizenship Pledge for elementary students.
How important is it for teachers to discuss digital citizenship with their students?
Please share your experiences using any of these resources with your students.
I think the snapshot of this classroom activity on Digital Citizenship, Private Today, Public Tomorrow (Common Sense), is well worth the six minutes to view.
Teaching Tips included are
Just as we encourage good citizenship throughout a student's public school attendance, students need to be taught digital citizenship because their future may depend on their choices today.
Thanks for sharing the Common Sense video on Digital Citizenship. I really like the decision tree activity to get the students involved in a hands-on project to share ideas and think about the ramifications of choices they make about what they publish in a digital environment. You are so right--our students' futures may depend on their choices today!
I also saw some other good lessons available through Common Sense Media on the site you referenced.
What do you think of the infographic included in the blog "Teachable Moments for Digital Citizenship" by Nancy White published in Tech & Learning July 30, 2013? It's also posted at Innovations in Education.
Are there areas you would add to the infographic when you teach students about digital citizenship?
Conversation about digital citizenship presents a great opportunity to teach kids about their digital footprint. There are many useful sites that present material that can be included in class discussion and activities. Here are just a few.
Did you know that Google offers free digital literacy lesson plans for middle school students? The lesson plans are divided into three sections: becoming a digital sleuth, managing digital footprints, and identifying online tricks and scams.
How can you use these lessons in your classroom?
I believe that the purpose of school is to create productive citizens. This means that students should be able to get and maintain a job, make educated decisions such as voting, pay taxes and have meaningful relationships. This is why business classes are so essential! In a business class teachers have the time to teach students about being a productive citizen in a digital world.
Thanks, Rebecca, for your comments. I think every student should be required to take at least one business course before graduating from high school. It's amazing that many students can complete high school without learning basic, real-world, business skills. I agree that business classes help students become good digital citizens.
Check out the resources mentioned in this article--Digital Citizenship Week Oct. 21-25, 2013--by Common Sense Media. The article mentions several steps required for students to become good digital citizens.