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Week 4: Digital Citizenship
I’ve been interested in seeing how the topic of Digital Citizenship has evolved since I explored the topic when I was in COETAIL just over five years ago. Most resources and articles and lessons tended to focus on online safety (stranger danger!) for students. I appreciate Digital Citizenship Week in October to bring attention to it, but it becomes more and more obvious that we need more than a week to address this complex topic. There has been a shift over the past few years in defining and expanding digital citizenship to move beyond a week of lessons about protecting your identity and not chatting with people you don’t know (not discounting the importance of those topics but there’s so much more to consider).
In a very recent article on Mind/Shift (which I just discovered has a podcast!), “Making Media Literacy Central to Digital Citizenship”, Tanner Higgin comments,
“We need to move from a conflation of digital citizenship with internet safety and protectionism to a view of digital citizenship that’s pro-active and prioritizes media literacy and savvy.”
There is even an organization, Media Literacy Now, that is pushing the conversation about addressing media literacy in schools in the United States. In one of their articles, “Linking Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship in the Public Policy Realm” (linked in the Mind/Shift article above), the sub heading states,
“To be a citizen and participate fully, one must be literate. Literacy today means media literacy, which relies on technology, which today is overwhelmingly digital.”
It’s not just about protecting ourselves, but also to be productive participants as well.
Of course, there’s the whole question of who, how, when do we incorporate this into our already full (over-flowing) plate as educators….
I look forward to reading your ideas, opinions and perspectives on digital citizenship education!
A Recommendation for Those Interested in Teens and Social Media…
An important component of delivering digital citizenship education is understanding our students’ experiences and perspectives and interactions with technology and digital spaces. One of your readings this week, Bullying Has Little Resonance With Teenagers, is by danah boyd who contributed to Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (2009) which was developed from Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project that you read in Course 1. If you work with teens and/or have your own teens, danah shares her findings from more than ten years research on how young people use social media as part of their everyday practices in her book It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2014).
And your weekly checklist:
- 3 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
*Remember as a part of your GET certification it is important to start trying to incorporate ways you are planning trainings for your colleagues and/or using GSuite tools in your daily work
- 3 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
*You are encouraged to comment more, but only log one per week
- Checked and approved all comments on your own blog and hopefully responded to them. You’ll get much more from continuing the conversation.
- Connected with another member of the cohort to get working on your Course 2 Final Project