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Building Digital Citizens – part 1


The need for Building Digital Citizens starts as soon as kids pick up a digital device, certainly by Kindergarten. To thrive in the digital ecosystem that infuses both their personal and educational world, students must understand the culture of the online world and how to use it effectively while doing so safely, morally, and legally. This course focuses on those skills that build responsible use.

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Jacqui Murray

Pre-service teachers, teachers, administrators, educators, homeschoolers– anyone who doesn’t understand digital citizenship but wants to; anyone who realizes their students lack knowledge of digital rights and responsibilities and wants to address that within the context of their classes; anyone who wants authentic approaches to teaching digital citizenship.

Being a good citizen of the digital world is no different from abiding by the requirements and expectations of any neighborhood or community in the physical world. As a town has laws, as a town is safe or dangerous, so too the digital world. What powers the need for teaching digital citizenship is the growing digital (il)literacy of Internet users. One reason is few take responsibility for teaching this topic. They either don’t understand it or don’t realize its importance. But a bigger reason is that we as a society don’t know what ‘digital literacy’ is. Cornell University sums it up:

“the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet”

When you add, “do that safely, succinctly, and morally”, you have Digital Citizenship.

In this self-paced course, we cover six of the thirteen modules that build good digital citizens:
– Copyrights, Fair Use, Public Domain
– Digital Rights and Responsibilities
– Digital Research
– Images
– Netiquette
– Plagiarism

Seven modules covered in a second class are:
– Cyberbullying
– Digital Commerce
– Digital Communication
– Digital Footprint/Privacy
– Internet Safety
– Passwords
– Social Media

– Six of thirteen digital citizenship modules–what they mean, how to teach them, and where to find reliable resources (the remaining seven are found in the companion class)
– The importance of digital citizenship, the impact on lives, and how to address these with tech-savvy students
– How to blend digital citizenship into any class
– How to guide students to safely and effectively use the Internet
– How to unravel the complexity of using online commerce and digital communication legally and morally
– How to advocate and model safe, legal, and responsible use of social media
– How to exhibit a positive attitude toward using the Internet to support collaboration, learning, and productivity

– Posters for your classroom or to share with students, parents, colleagues
– Websites on digital citizenship
– Slideshow detailing copyright use and misuse
– 9 hours of Continuing Education Credit through ampeduca


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