This week in class we discussed digital citizenship, the nine elements of digital citizenship, and how to connect this to the curriculum.
What is Digital Citizenship?
"Digital citizenship is the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage."
Mike Ribble is a high school and university teacher who's dissertation on digital citizenship and it's nine elements has grown to become policy in many schools, including Saskatchewan (access the Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools PDF below). He is the author and co-author of several books including The Digital CItizenship Handbook for School Leaders: Fostering Positive Interactions Online, Digital Citizenship in Schools (Third Edition), and Raising a Digital Child. He also has several published articles, done podcasts, and offers a lot of resources. Mike Ribble also wrote The Knights of 17th Street
What are the Elements of Digital Citizenship?
Briefly outlined, Ribble’s Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship include:
How Do You Teach Students To Be Digital Citizens?
"School is an excellent place to help kids become capable digital citizens who use technology not only effectively and creatively, but also responsibly and wisely.
For starters, we need to implement the Responsible Use Policy by encouraging students to think about how to use technology in safe, effective, and reflective ways and open the stage for them to feel they can seek out help if they get in a sticky situation.
Next, access the K-12 Digital Citizenship Continuum to guide check grade level understanding and behaviour of students and see where ideal learnings need to be.
Digital Etiquette & Digital Communication and Collaboration
PE 7.13 - Indicators b, c, d
Students can create online progress reports in which they will intermittently reflect on the five levels of social skills (ie, irresponsible behavior, self-control, involvement, responsibility, and caring for others). This project will introduce them to getting permission before taking or sharing photos and videos, how to communicate appropriately online, raise awareness for how inappropriate online communication can result in negative consequences, access and use social media appropriately, examine how different social media can impact ones digital reputation, and learn how to support others on their progress.
Digital Fluency / Literacy
WS 8.3 - Indicators d, h, i
Students will be doing online research about aquatic species and related technologies that assist in their analysis. Through this project they will be using strategies to determine the accuracy and reliability of the information they are researching.
USC 9.2 - Indicators d, h, j, k, l
Students will be researching various ways to enhance their safety for themselves and their community, this includes their digital community. This will involve discussing personal protection (secure passwords), ethical and legal consequences of sexting, how to recognize when they are in an unsafe online situation and how and where to get help, and discussing privacy on social media websites.
Jenn New - an outgoing, nature loving, cooking competition addict, Moose Jawvian who just happens to be a C1-C2 ventilator dependent quadriplegic.