Leading Innovation 2012 Bootcamp

leadinginnovation2012 - Digital Citizenship

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP.jpgGo WAY beyond Internet Safety:

Turn Your Students into Digital Citizens

Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology.


Understanding how to interact online safely and effectively is, and will be, ever more critical. As today's students grow older, they'll be using the Internet to apply to colleges and jobs, and to communicate and network with colleagues. Yet our students, however much they seem to have been born with iPods growing out of their ears, haven't learned to handle digital communications by osmosis, any more than they innately knew how to write a résumé or hold a fork.

There's no one out in cyberspace to make sure students wash behind their digital ears and refuse cookies from online strangers. Given this potentially dangerous void, schools and educators will increasingly extend their supervisory reach by giving lessons, and more importantly, modeling best practices at every grade level on digital citizenship.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session, you will have strategies to:
  • discuss and use the elements of digital citizenship;
  • reassess the quality of your current Digital Citizenship curriculum;
  • implement these elements into a stronger curriculum and PD for your school; and
  • educate, empower and protect your students and staff, to define a healthy balance between safe and smart digital media practices and other important societal rights.

external image light_bulb.pngI. Breaking Down Digital Citizenship (30 minutes)

What’s at Stake...

America’s children are growing up in the center of a technological revolution. Digital media defines their lives in unprecedented ways; they spend more time online, texting, watching television and movies, and playing video games than they do in school or with their parents. The convergence of mobile technologies, unfiltered access to information, and user-generated content profoundly impacts how children grow and learn. The line between the possibilities and perils of digital life is thin. The stakes are high. Kids are more comfortable in this world than are most of the adults in their lives.

Consider the following....
  • 93% of kids 12 to 17 are online

  • More than 35 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute

  • A majority of teens view their cell phone as the key to their social life

  • If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populous in the world

First thing's first, we are outnumbered! Students live online while many of us just visit! However, just because our students are connected, doesn't mean they have been given best practices or have discussed the rules of the world-wide web.

Student use digital media to socialize, do their homework, express themselves, and connect to the world. New technologies give our kids unprecedented powers of creation and communication, making the world more accessible at earlier and earlier ages.

Will your students, or your colleagues, for that matter:
  • Connect responsibly?
  • Spill too much information online?
  • Borrow ideas recklessly?
  • Think critically and behave safely?
  • Risk their reputation based on poor online choices?

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Let's watch this video to get a perspective on what today's "digital life" is like.

What "Rules" stand out to you?

What "Rules" do you envision being a priority for your students/staff?

Post your initial thoughts using Linoit ---> CLICK HERE
video courtesy of CommonSenseMedia.org

Digital Citizenship is based around four areas...

  • Literacy
  • Safety
  • Learning Strategies
  • Etiquette

These Digital Citizenship Areas correlate with students' Areas of Awareness...

  • Technology - knowing how to use the technology
  • Individual - making decisions about personal use
  • Social - aware of social situations online and off line, understand the norms of behaviour in social/educational spaces
  • Cultural - building trust relationships for communication and respect
  • Global - understanding geography and politics and local bandwidth

ISTE-NETS for Digital CItizenship

TOPICS TO CONSIDER...0000000000000000
To survive and thrive, today’s students must be digitally literate, which means being able to use and understand digital technologies and messages.
Educators and students alike need the ability to use digital technology, communication tools and networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information and media. However, often the skill and knowledge of educators and students is assumed.
The precautions that all technology users must take to guarantee their personal safety and the security of themselves and their network
Educators have been increasingly, and sometimes uncomfortably, aware that students need education, not just in internet tools, but also in internet behavior. Given the more spectacular worries about online predators or identity theft, efforts so far have focused mostly on safety.
Learning Strategies
The standards, best practices, and approach chosen to implement the necessary Digital Citizenship curriculum.
Educators must plan, prepare and combine their Digital Citizenship instruction with technology enhanced curriculum. What will be the best fit for you school, district, and/or classroom needs? Decisions must be made work within limitations and resources.
Electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
How do technology leaders maximize a culture of high technology use while minimizing poor technology etiquette? Technology leaders must provide a solid example for faculty and students.

external image icon_hand.gifII. Calling all Digital Citizens! (40 minutes)

Making digital citizenship a priority in your district is essential in technology enhanced curriculums; though there is no step-by-step plan for dealing with teaching digital citizenship, educators should consider planning their strategy.

Using Project Based Learning Strategies, you will examine the four areas of Digital Citizenship: Literacy, Safety, Learning Strategies, and Etiquette.
Using the information you find, consider what TWO AREAS are high priority in your school/district.
You will then create a Glogster, a digital poster making tool, to share your understanding of Digital Citizenship and how you plan to use

external image stock-photo-blue-interface-plastic-orb-button-with-number-one-icon-3403628.jpgExamine the four areas of Digital Citizenship.

Using the chart above, explore some of the links under the "Topics to Consider" column and think how they are correlated with each area of Digital Citizenship and your current needs as an educator.

external image stock-photo-blue-interface-plastic-orb-button-with-number-two-icon-3403624.jpgChoose Two Areas of Concentration

Choose two (2) areas that are of interest and/or high priority to your school/district. Explore the links in the "Topics to Consider" column to complete Step 3.

external image stock-photo-blue-interface-plastic-orb-button-with-number-three-icon-3403636.jpgCreate a media poster using Glogster.

Answering the following in your own words and based on the needs of your school/district and the Digital Citizenship areas you selected:
  • What is digital citizenship?
  • What does good digital citizenship practice look like in my classroom and community?
  • What areas are a high priority for me/my school/my district and why?
  • How can I help my students develop a sense of ethics and responsibility when using technology?
  • How do I envision my school developing/strengthening an action plan for promoting safe online behavior and good digital citizenship?

Need some help getting started? Here are some links to assist you!

Getting Started with Glogster Tutorial
Example Glog
Creative Commons Images - add pictures to your Glog! Be sure to cite your sources.

external image stock-photo-blue-interface-plastic-orb-button-with-number-four-icon-3403630.jpgShare your work.

Post your work HERE by copying and pasting the URL. Feel free to check out other's Glogs posted to this page as well!

Finish Early? If you have some extra time while you are waiting for others to share the URL... (OPTIONAL)

1. Assess your knowledge of digital life and citizenship! -

2. See Digital Citizenship Lessons In Action:Check out 3 lesson examples via this video page courtesy of The Teaching Channel and CommonSenseMedia

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III. Reflection (5 minutes)

Click HERE to share some thoughts and reflect on this session.

Share as a group (5 minutes)

IV. Conclusion

Empower technology leadership committees to identify and prioritize the steps needed to deal with digital citizenship in curriculum, staff development programs, and board policy, by providing a clear understanding of what technology and literacy skills are needed in this new digital society. As you go back to your schools and districts, continue to assess your Digital Citizenship needs and continue to implement a strong and consistent curriculum.

Next Steps.... Return to your Agenda to access the next session.

Research Statistics:
Pew Internet and American Life Project, “Generations Online in 2009.”
YouTube Blog, “Great Scott! Over 35 Hours of Video Uploaded Every Minute to YouTube,” November 10, 2010.
CTIA – The Wireless Association and Harris Interactive, “Teenagers: A Generation Unplugged,” September 12, 2008.
San Francisco Chronicle, “The Many Facets of Facebook,” January 1, 2011.

Common Sense Media (updated website with Digital Citizenship information)
Digital Citizenship and Creative Content (website sponsored by Microsoft)
New South Wales Department of Education and Training Digital Citizenship Resource (Australia)
Net Smarts.org
Digital Citizenship.com

DIgital Survey Poll questions compiled by Jaclyn Bell, 2012 from CommonSenseMedia.org

Additional Resources:
Diggo Bookmarks Link
123 Digital Citizenship Wiki
Youth Safety on a Living Internet
Facebook for Educators an educator's guide to brining social networking into the classroom
CommonSense Media Curriculum Pacing Guide

Media Copyright:
Images provided courtesy of CommonSenseMedia.org, Creative Commons and/or created by Jaclyn Bell
Video courtesy of CommonSenseMedia.org