Thursday, May 8, 2014

Digital Citizenship: This Is Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile

This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.

When we talk about digital citizenship around the water cooler here at, we do so with less gusto these days. It seems like the phrase ”digital citizenship”  now feels awkward in our mouths.  And certainly, the days of marching kids down to the gym to talk about The Facebook are long over.  In  fact, when speaking with people, it seems like the standard answer to “what is good digital citizenship?” is “it’s not about good digital citizenship, its about good citizenship, period”. That’s what we think too. And also, not.

Maybe what we are trying to say is that the meaning of the term has changed some...It’s not only about the perils of the internet anymore. It’s more about how we live in a society where so much of what we do (maybe even who we are?) is online.  If conversations about how to respond to blog posts, how to react to mean texts and how to effectively search for information and attribute our resources are simply part of every class and embedded seamlessly into our practice, we no longer need to label it as “digital citizenship”.  It is simply life...and good practice...and what is expected of us all.

So what does this new digital citizenship ‘good practice’ look like? While  it certainly includes the standard nine elements of Mike Ribble, but (in our mind) it has definitely evolved to include a broader understanding of what skills are needed to embody good digital  practice. If you want to learn about some of these broader ideas and uses for online tools, we have three no-cost webinars that will fulfill your “digital citizenship” requirements.  These are a step outside traditional "digital citizenship", but they couldn't be more relevant to what is happening in the lives of youth and educators in 2014.

What Happened to Facebook?
May 13, 2014 (3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
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Are kids done with Facebook?  Let’s talk about Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Kick and others. Learning opportunity or classroom challenge?
Curating Information Using Online Tools and Extensions
May 26, 2014 (3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
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How can students to organize their information (research) in meaningful ways? We will look at a variety of online tools and extensions to support curation of digital content.
Cool Communication Tools for Interacting Online
June 10, 2014 (3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
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This session will explore several logistics and communication tools to help you create a digital learning environment.