Teaching Digital Citizenship in context

Teachable Moments for Digital Citizenship is a really useful infographic from a post by Nancy White - @NancyW.

She created it when she was looking for a resource about the importance of modeling good digital literacy skills for students. She explains that teaching digital citizenship as a separate curriculum is ok but finding the moments when they need the skill as part of undertaking a task, where the principles of digital citizenship can be applied, is the best way for them to learn and understand.

Allied to this infographic is a presentation (at the bottom of the post) where Nancy explained different aspects of digital citizenship called “9 Elements or themes of Digital Citizenship”. This presentation was created to explain digital literacy to parents but is a useful way to explain the concepts to fellow educators. These elements were:

  1. Digital Access
  2. Digital Commerce
  3. Digital Communication
  4. Digital Literacy
  5. Digital Etiquette
  6. Digital Law
  7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities
  8. Digital Health and Wellness
  9. Digital Security

The infographic uses the above themes and then puts them into a classroom context. It offers some direction for teachers who are working with students on particular tasks. It helps to map out what areas will be covered when students are asked to undertake each digital activity. It really goes without saying really that teachers must also show their students what’s expected of them. The themes need to be discussed with students when needed, allowing them to ask questions and explore ideas in a real situation. The final point that teachers,  and all responsible adults really,  need to model good digital citizenship themselves if they want young people to take these ideas on board I can’t agree with more completely. I have found with all things that if you say one thing but do another, you students will not take you or your message seriously.

Whilst many of the themes can recur in more than one context, Nancy has matched the most likely themes with the appropriate context:

  • Read: digital literacy and digital access
  • Watch: digital health and wellness and digital literacy
  • Find: digital access and digital literacy
  • Record: digital etiquette, digital rights and responsibilities also leading on to discussions about digital footprints and cyberbullying 
  • Curate: digital law and digital literacy
  • Connect: digital communication and digital safety and security
  • Collaborate: digital etiquette and digital communication
  • Create: digital rights and responsibilities and digital commerce
  • Write: digital communication and digital law

Teachable Moments for Digital Citizenshi

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