Welcome! This is an online, self-paced module on digital citizenship. It is designed specifically for teachers but can also help parents better understand, i.e., to "demystify" the often murky concepts(s) behind ethics the norms and ethics of responsible technology use. Most learners will take approximately 5 hours to complete this unit. Within this unit, you'll be exploring common concepts including behaviors, skills, and mindsets associated with digital citizenship. You'll engage in self-reflection as a digital citizenship yourself, and you'll engage students in the conversation in a way that values both their experiences and their concerns about digital participation.
- explain why digital citizenship is a critical concept for today's students (and adults!)
- define digital citizenship
- identify several concepts related to digital citizenship, and associated indicators that reflect understandings, skills, behaviors, and mindsets
- reflect on one's own digital citizenship
- elicit student voice and perspective
- commit to continued learning of and engagement with digital citizenship
Standard #8 Instructional Strategies
8(o) The teacher understands how content and skill development can be supported by media and technology and knows how to evaluate these resources for quality, accuracy, and effectiveness.
ISTE Standards for Educators #1 Learner
Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning. Educators:
a. Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
b. Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
ISTE Standards for Educators #3 Citizen
Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Educators:
d. model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.
ISTE Standards for Students: #1 Empowered Learner
Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
b. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
ISTE Standards for Students: #2 Digital Citizen
Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
a. Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
b. Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
c. Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
d. Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.
AASL (American Association of School Librarians)
Learners Use Skills, Resources, & Tools to:
1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
1.1.1 Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make the real-world connection for using this process in own life.
1.13 Develop and refine a range of questions to frame the search for new understanding.
1.1.4 Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.
1.1.5 Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context.
1.1.7 Make sense of information gathered from diverse sourced by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas, conflicting information, and point of view or bias.
1.1.8 Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry.
For more information and more AASL standards, please see: http://www.ala.org/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/standards
Tips for Online Unit Navigation:
- Download the Student Sheet. You will use this at various points within the online unit.
- Navigate to each numbered section using the links on the left hand side of the page.
- Within each numbered section, there will be several activities.
- It is highly recommended to go through the sections and activities in order.
- Some of the activities will require you to record things on your student sheet. These directions are written in orange text.
- Other activities require you to read, think, or try things. When the directions are not written in orange, you do not have to record your answers.
- The last activity in the online unit is 6b. Please note that "Section 7. Additional Resources" contains a list of optional resources you can refer to for more information.
- You will be discussing this online unit in class. Be prepared by coming to class with your completed student sheet on the day assigned by your instructor.
Ready to begin? Go to section 1.