Friday, August 19, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 5: Educating Students

This week's chapter is all about educating students about digital citizenship. Susan opens this chapter saying, "Incorporating digital citizenship lessons organically into the fabric of daily lessons is probably the most effective approach...." Considering this, and assuming you have educated yourself in the different areas of digital citizenship, what can you do in your classroom to teach your students about digital citizenship. Think not only about the focused lessons you can do, but also how you model things like privacy, copyright, fair use, communication, safety.

IDOE encourages all schools to take part in the state digital citizenship week which provides a set of comprehensive lesson plans on big topics such as digital identity, cyberbullying and copyright issues. Also, if you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Communities of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation.

One of our participants suggested that I share the blog posts on Fridays so you have the weekend to read and respond. Last week I posted on Saturday morning and many of you responded over the weekend, so apparently this is a good time for others. So feel free to respond over the weekend or during the week...or both! Whatever works best for you.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 6, Educating Parents.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 4: Educating Faculty and Staff

In the role you are in at your school or district, how can you help educate your fellow teachers and administrators about digital citizenship?

A few reminders. Be sure you register for the book club. If you would like PGPs for participating in this book club, we have to have your email address and we get that from your registration. If you aren't sure if you completed it already, just complete the form again. Make sure you are signed in to Google when you submit your comments. If you do not, your comments show up as from "unknown" and we don't know that you commented. If you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Community of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation. Also, visit our website to learn more about Indiana's digital citizenship initiatives.

Next week we will discuss chapter 5, "Educating Students." By the way, have you Googled yourself yet?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 3: Demonstrating Leadership

This week we are reading and discussing chapter 3, "Demonstrating Leadership." Considering the seven steps Susan discussed in this chapter, how will you start the school year educating yourself about digital citizenship or modeling good digital citizenship?

Thank you for being such great book club participants! The discussions have been rich and hopefully you all are benefitting from them. Continue to support each other in the discussions, ask questions, and share your thoughts and ideas. If you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Communities of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation. Also, visit our website to learn more about Indiana's digital citizenship initiatives.

For next week we will read chapter 4, "Educating Faculty and Staff."

Monday, August 1, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 2: Why a Community-Based Approach to Digital Citizenship?

This week we are reading and discussing chapter 2, "Why a Community-Based Approach to Digital Citizenship?" Susan's question at the end of the chapter seems perfect for our discussion this week. "What do you perceive as the biggest challenges you face in implementing a community-based approach to digital citizenship in your school or district?" Please share your thoughts and/or respond to other people's comments.

Great participation in week 1! I saw many new names amongst lots of friends of the book club. If you haven't already, be sure to complete the registration form. This is how we get participant addresses to send PGPs at the end of the book club. Also, make sure you are signed in to Google when you comment to blog posts and other comments. If you are not signed in, your comment shows up as from "unknown" so we don't know that you commented.

Next week we will be reading and discussing chapter 3, "Demonstrating Leadership."

Monday, July 25, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 1: Welcome and Chapter 1

Welcome to the Summer 2016 eLearning book club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Susan Bearden's book, Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach and to prepare for Digital Citizenship Week in September. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you don't have the book yet, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late if you need to. Just catch up as soon as you're able to.  

Here are some particulars to help you as you participate in the book club:

  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week.
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 14 PGPs. Additionally, we will award one professional development grant at the conclusion of the summer book club. Educators working in a public school who meaningfully participate in all seven weeks' conversations are eligible for the grant.
  • To register for the book club please complete this registration form. We are jumping right in to the discussion, so your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post and also read chapter 1 and respond to this question: what would be the benefit to you and your students if you became more literate about digital citizenship? Just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. In your introduction be sure to include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer 2016 Update

We are less than a month away from the start of our 2016 Summer eLearning Book Club. To all of you who have received a copy of the book at one of our Summer of eLearning conferences, congratulations! We are excited to have you join in the conversation. For those of you who haven't won a book, there will be two opportunities at each of the remaining Summer of eLearning Conferences. There is also still time to purchase the book through Corwin and Amazon. We will begin conversations the week of July 25th, but we have the registration form ready now. If you want to beat the rush and get a reminder email the week before book club begins, complete this registration form. Happy reading!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Club Announcements

Thanks to all who participated in the spring book club. I sent PGPs to all who took part in at least 5 weeks of discussions. Now it's time to start planning for the next book club. Beginning July 25th we will be reading Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach by Susan Bearden. This book is available to purchase through Corwin and Amazon. This will be a 7-week book study leading up to Indiana Digital Citizenship Week. Two copies of the book will be given away at each of the Summer of eLearning Conferences.