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Week 4: Digital Citizenship

Week 4: Digital Citizenship

Whose responsibility is it to teach students to be safe online?

Over the last three weeks, we have discussed many aspects of digital citizenship when you wrote (and read) about digital footprints, copyright laws, and privacy. ISTE.org aligns digital citizenship with citizenship when they say that

The elements of digital citizenship, it turns out, are not so different from the basic tenets of traditional citizenship: Be kind, respectful and responsible, and participate in activities that make the world a better place.

In the same article (here’s a link) they present an infographic where you will see that privacy, footprints, and copyright, are listed within the column of attributes of a good digital citizen. Having got this far into course 2 it is clear that we all have a fairly solid understanding of the growing importance of digital citizenship. So, this week, rather than review and define and explain the components of digital citizenship, we are challenged to discuss the idea of responsibility. Who teaches our students to be good digital citizens? If it’s our job, how do we do it? If it’s not our job, then whose job is it? I would love to read about your views on this as well as examples of digital citizenship being explored in your schools. Your posts should demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of cyberbullying and its issues among society today – but you can feel free to make some age-appropriate adaptations here (I don’t expect everyone to write about the implications and dangers of sexting). What are the concerns for the students that you interact with?

In addition to the articles posted in the course information, you might find some of the following articles, websites, and resources useful for your research.

Digital Citizenship and the Digital Age (ISTE.org)

Digital Citizenship is the New Citizenship (Also from ISTE)

The DQ Institute

Teach Thought – The Definition Of Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Week

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The Course 2 Final Project

A gentle reminder about the course 2 final projects are just around the corner and might require some organisation to deal with timezones and work commitments over the next couple of weeks. There is a great deal of freedom in the actual product that you produce, the main requirement is that you collaborate on this project to have the experience of a globally collaborative project. The suggested projects are:

  1. Create a PD programme using the topics from Course 2
  2. Design a unit that will incorporate the understandings from Course 2
  3. Create a responsible use policy for your school (This really only works if you don’t already have one or if the one that you have needs some serious re-working!)
  4. Propose your own group project. The project must have relevance to teaching and learning and this courses enduring understandings. Can you use this project to kill a few birds with one stone? 

GET folks should focus on Option 1 and remember to use Google Apps!

We are a small cohort so hopefully, that will make it easy for us to pair up. Sara is joining us for Course 2 so we are an even six now!

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