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Definitions of Digital Citizenship
“Digital citizenship” is an umbrella term that covers a whole host of important issues. Broadly, it’s the guidelines for responsible, appropriate behavior when one is using technology. But specifically, it can cover anything from “netiquette” to cyberbullying; technology access and the digital divide; online safety and privacy; copyright, plagiarism, and digital law, and more. In fact, some programs that teach digital citizenship have outlined no less than nine elements that intersect to inform a well-equipped digital citizen. It’s an overwhelming array of skills to be taught and topics to explore.
But while there is much talk about the importance of teaching digital citizenship in this information society, not many are sure what that really looks like. What tools are out there for teaching it? And how in the world can teachers make time in an already overcrowded curriculum? This playlist is intended to offer tools to make the case that it’s critical to teach this skill , and then launchpad videos to seed discussions about Digital Citizenship..
FIVE-MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL Source Edutopia
Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
Video Playlist: Teaching Digital Citizenship
Keep watching the player below to see the rest of the playlist, or view it on YouTube.
1. What is Digital Citizenship? (05:19)This succinct video from BeCyberwise describes why digital citizenship is so important. Includes a clip of Howard Gardner speaking about hisGoodPlay project and a peek at Common Sense Media’s comprehensive Digital Citizenship curriculum.
Be a Digital Citizen (02:13)Need a quick and simple clip to introduce the concept of digital citizenship to parents or students? This video gives some statistics about internet and social media usage and then describes the many ways in which we are all affected on a daily basis by our technology use.
2. Go Figure 2 — Online Safety Version (04:15)Produced by the international Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), this animated video zips through a flurry of statistics about young people and online safety. It paints a powerful picture of how important it is to get these conversations started.
3. Out Of Your Hands (01:06)Watch in dismay as an inappropriate photograph travels in just one minute from one poor naive teen girl to an online stalker, ending with the admonition “Think before you post.” This video was produced by public service announcement (PSA) veterans the Ad Council.
4. Digital Citizenship Curriculum Training Introduction (06:24)This intro video for teachers from Common Sense Media gives a good idea of the goals and the features of the free K-12 program they’ve developed. The three topics they focus on are safety and security, digital citizenship, and research and information literacy. Also worth watching: this video on their cyberbullying curriculum.
5. TEDxUIUC – Sherry Turkle – Alone Together (16:24)Thought-provoking TED Talk by MIT professor Sherry Turkle, who has spent much of the last 30 years researching how people relate with technology. It’s a long clip at sixteen minutes, but would make a fabulous discussion starter for a lesson on how we function in this culture of connectivity.
6. Digital Dossier (04:24)This fascinating narrative follows the digital journey of the fictional “Andy” from pre-birth to adulthood by tracking his “digital footprint.” It can be illuminating to stop and think about how much personal information we’re putting out on the Web. Produced by the Digital Natives Project.
7. YouTube Digital Citizenship Curriculum (01:35)Another option for free digital literacy curriculum is this one developed by Google and YouTube, who have strong motivations for training young people to be savvy tech users. If YouTube is blocked in your school, please do check out YouTube for Schools, a portal that allows your school to access white-listed educational YouTube content safely and securely.
8. Invasion of the Data Snatchers: How To Protect Your Online Privacy (04:02)This animated video from Reputation.com manages to be at once cute and menacing. Though geared towards adults, it’s a great wake-up call about online privacy issues, and although they’re ultimately pushing a paid product, they have some good free resources and privacy protection tools on their “Take back your privacy” page.
9. Our Kids’ Connected Culture – Overview for Parents and Teachers (05:56)Another great video from Common Sense Media. The MySpace references make it feel little dated, but the issues the teen girl is talking about are just as typical today. It’s nice to hear directly from young people about their experiences, and there is a section of tips at the end that are really useful.
10. Digital Citizen (01:00)Here’s a great idea for a classroom project that teaches about copyright and usage issues while also exploring the themes of digital literacy: have kids create a slideshow video with Creative Commons images about the big questions of digital citizenship.
11. Netiquette – Playing Nice on the Internet (03:20)Look past the slightly cheesy opening — this video is a tidy roundup of the basics of good netiquette, something all of us could use a refresher on. Did you know the rules of netiquette pre-date the Web as we know it.
Here is a great game for involvement of teachers in professional development, or for parents Download the free Alex Wonder Kids Cyberdetective Agency Game to help stop cyberbullying
Wired Safety has a Toolkit that can be downloaded here,
Our new Stop Cyber Bullying Toolkit is now available!
Authored by Dr. Parry Aftab and created by WiredSafety.org, the toolkit provides all of the information a school or community organization needs; it also provides young people with a mission. Through the StopCyberbullying Pledge, they can take a stand against cyberbullying. By taking the pledge they promise to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. The entire StopCyberbullying program is designed to motivate schools, students, and their parents to do something, not just stand there while others are hurt. It gives them the tools and information that they need to create their own grassroots campaign and address cyberbullying and hate online wherever they find it.
To request a free copy of the Stop Cyber Bullying Toolkit, please use the form at this location
Here is what lots of mothers say about the game.. Looking for an interactive way to teach your kids to combat cyberbullying?
This ia a powerful but painless way for all to learn about Cyberbullying.
12. Resources for Learning About Digital Citizenship
While we haven’t solved the problem of finding time in the schedule to teach these essential topics, there is a wealth of great free resources to be found — many of them aligned to standards, either the Common Core ELA standards, orISTE’s NETS, or both. Whatever the angle you’d like to focus on, you should be able to find some strong materials to supplement your work. Here’s a list of resources, organizations, and reading materials to help you get started.
• Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum (Grades K-12) fromCommon Sense Media
• Curriculum: Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship (Grades 7-12) fromGoogle in Education
• AMY ERIN BOROVOY …’S BLOG FROM EDUTOPIA HTTP://WWW.EDUTOPIA.ORG/BLOG/FILM-FESTIVAL-DIGITAL-CITIZENSHIP?PAGE=0&EA=1#COMMENT-110535
Assessments are within the resources including the common core and the ISTE’s NETS.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton