Monday, July 9, 2012

Digital Citizenship

There is an entire chapter of the book dedicated to the idea that just because kids are digital natives, that does not necessarily mean they are digital citizens. How are you handling the idea of digital citizenship in your school or classroom? Is this something that is implicitly taught to your students? Is it taught through modeling? What do you think is involved in students becoming digital citizens?


  1. A little over a year ago, I attended a seminar presented by A. November and he prompted me to recognize that skill in usage does not ensure responsible use. Digital citizenship should be implicitly taught. Verifying the credability of information from multiple sources (know who is providing the information:;responsible documentation; recognition that cyber space is an ongoing continuum; teach reasonable use instead of mandating

  2. Modeling by the teacher is important. The students need to learn how to use the online collaboration tools, and need to practice skills to be good digital citiznes. They need to have a set of guidelines of do's and do not's of a good digital citizen like being respectful and staying on topic, and not spreading gossip. Like in life they need to learn to treat people online like they would like to be treated. Most important they need to remember what is online is there forever and they need to think before they do something.

  3. Digital citizenship is sometimes learned through trial and error. I feel that schools need to "open up" a bit to allow students and teachers more freedom to explore the many open sources out there to use for forums, assessment, collaboration, learning management, sharing, questioning., communicating, growing, and exploring. The teachers have got to serve the students as a guide

  4. I think that teachers in my high school are typical in that they assume that many skills are taught before students reach the 9th grade. Whether it is research, internet searching, or digital citizenship... our teachers assume that it has already been addressed in previous years. The common thread I have seen in many schools is that EVERYONE assumes the same thing, so that the skills are never formally addressed. These skills should be implicity taught with standards to be addressed throughout a student's career. (The ALA has Information Literacy Standards that address these skills, but these standards are not mandatory in Indiana).
    Our teacher's cover digital citizenship as a side note. They model the process daily and definitiley expect student to practice being good digital citizens.

    I read an interesting article this morning about a school in California that is a NO-technolgy school yet still teaches digital citizenship as middle school curriculum content. I would like to see my school do the same thing. (note...this article is about a charter school and while I do NOT support charter schools, the article is interesting in the digital citizenship component).