THINK OUT LOUD!

What is my basic knowledge of “Digital Citizenship?”

My knowledge comes from what I know as a K-6 teacher. To me Digital Citizenship is about how to behave online appropriately. Just as there are rules and laws in a classroom and civilization, there are rules and guidelines that exist online. As a teacher, I encourage friendly dialogue between students and appropriate responses. We know that technology is growing beyond the classroom and that students have access to social media, so we hope that the lessons they learn bleed through into those platforms as well.

Nowadays, Digital Citizenship is a class, topic, or standards required to accomplish. As a homeschool advisory teacher, my students are required to check off tech standards to move up levels (we don’t do grades).

I’ll give examples of what we require of a student who’s in level 4 technology (approx 3-5th grade) in the digital citizenship category.

TE 4.1 Identifies online safety practices.
TE 4.2Shows respect and takes proper care of computers and equipment.
TE 4.3 Demonstrates ethical use of common computers (i.e., other’s right to privacy; legal use of others ideas, music, literature, or software; etc.).
TE 4.4 Follows safety precautions associated with online use.

They are a bit broad, but students have to explain how they are meeting those standards. It gets more extensive for higher levels.

3 thoughts on “THINK OUT LOUD!”

  1. I agree that digital citizenship includes how we interact online appropriately as you point out. It is about how we become citizens of a world that is new, a world that reshapes many aspects of educator’s lives, like posting grades online, posting a classroom website, to sending emails to parents about their child’s performance in the class. Acting within the rules/etiquettes of online norms and new technological norms require new methods of teaching to our students, and I agree that online safety procedures must be followed as well.

  2. This is what I call “Digital Citizenship 1.0” which is primarily about safety and individual, personal action and behavior. Version 2.0 includes how to be an ethical, productive, flourishing participant in those many parts of life that are increasingly digitally mediated. When you teach this framework, have you experienced feeling like things are missing from it? If so, what kind of things?

  3. Morgan,
    I enjoyed reading over your thoughts on digital citizenship. I think many of us would agree with you that “Digital Citizenship is about how to behave online appropriately” but I like the way you recommend having open conversations in the classroom that have the power to effect how your students will act outside of the classroom. I feel like your view on digital citizenship lines up very closely with Nina’s in https://ninafehrenbach.com/blog/page/3/.

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