Learning about digital citizenship

My buzz word for this week is digital citizenship. What is it? How is it taught? Is it possible to integrate digital citizenship into learning episodes?

Jeff Dunn from described in his blog that thinking of digital citizenship is like the Girl Guides and Scouts online. Being a great community participant and member in a digital environment. Just as we would teach our children not to talk to strangers, keep their house keys safe the same applies to digital environments. Craig Badura has also blogged about a fantastic idea on how to teach digital citizenship to students with props. He suggests

  • A padlock to symbolise strong passwords.
  • A toothbrush to symbolise never sharing passwords.
  • A permanent marker highlights that everything online is permanent
  • A tube of toothpaste to demonstrate that once it’s out, it cannot be pushed back in the tube.

My fellow EDC3100 course member Teresa Morgan mentioned an article by Mike Ribble. He discusses nine elements of digital citizenship:

  1. Digital Access – full electronic participation in society.
  2. Digital commerce – electronic buying and selling of goods.
  3. Digital communication – electronic exchange of information.
  4. Digital literacy – process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.
  5. Digital Etiquette – electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
  6. Digital law – electronic responsibility for actions and deeds.
  7. Digital rights and responsibilities – those freedoms extended to everyone
  8. Digital health and wellness – physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.
  9. Digital security (self-protection)- electronic precautions to guarantee safety.

In my teaching I can see how digital citizenship can be used within English curriculum as a topic for writing text in various genre using ICT rich learning experiences.