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Digital Citizenship

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Started by Isaac Day 10 Mar 2011 12:02pm () Replies (21)

So, what makes for a successful digital citizen?  Is it so different from just plain old 'citizenship'?  What are the differences? Are they one and the same... do the principles change? Add your thoughts to this post...

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  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 21 Mar 2011 3:45pm ()

    Wow, there is some rigorous debate in here and makes me want to jump in at 100 different angles. Great food for thought, especially as clusters have been asked to, "… use e-learning to give effect to the New Zealand Curriculum / Te Marautanga o Aotearoa by increasing the capability of: students to become successful digital citizen."

    Like Derek Wenmoth says, Digital citizenship is more about what we do online when no-one else is around. This means how we act and behave when communicating with others - what we share, how much we share, who’s stuff we share. It also includes the appropriate use of the Internet and cybersafety.


    Being aware of creating a life-long digital footprint is being digitally savvy. The difference between being a good citizen online (rather than being a regular good citizen), is …what you post today, doesn’t go away. Digital data is here to stay (sounds like a song Smile). In the end, the implications for this long term - is just too important to ignore.


    I like Andrew Churches references to protecting ourselves, property and each other.  EG: Keep your reputation, name and identity safe online and same considerations for others. Be careful what you post and whether it will have detrimental effects (to yourself or others), somewhere down the track.

    Protecting property becomes so much more complex (as you have already discussed) and like Emma says, we might not be able to stop some illegal downloads and file sharing,  “but we can be agents of change and encourage our communities to discuss the ethics and begin to make moral choices…”

    It think digital citizenship is like 'plain old' citizenship - for me it comes down to the Key Competencies and what kind of ethical, moral people we want to be. I think it involves unpacking on a daily basis with students- how this might this look – what kind of behaviours would be deemed appropriate online. Two great links helps me think about what this means for students - http://ictpd-digital-citizenship-at-home.wikispaces.com/Key+competencies+in+a+digital+age and http://www.mylgp.org.nz/about/what-is-digital-citizenship/

    It also means that we ourselves, model good digital citizenship everyday in the classroom and at home. For teachers and parents, the following modules are also invaluable - which define digital citizenship, address the issues and offer ways to work appropriately online :

    * http://ictpd-digital-citizenship-and-cybersafety.wikispaces.com/
    * http://ictpd-digital-citizenship-and-copyright.wikispaces.com/
    * http://ictpd-digital-citizenship-at-home.wikispaces.com/

    Any comments for improving these modules, would also be welcome.

    Thanks for letting me stop by to chat,

    Big smiles,

    TessSmile

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