Digital Citizenship

Using Technology Appropriately

The Knights of 17th Street  ​is a fiction book for Young Adults that connects with the ideas of digital citizenship in an action filled format.  Check out more information here.

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Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage. 

Digital Citizenship Today

Happy Digital Citizenship Week 2023.  I had the opportunity to talk about this next big topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it connects with the basic ideas of Digital Citizenship.  A big thank you to Matt and Brian at the Illinois Learning Technology Center that invited me to join their podcast. The podcast of AI & Digital Citizenship can be found here at the LTC site.  It was a great discussion, thank you to Matt and Brian for the invitation.

There is more being discussed about Digital Citizenship and its connection Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Many educators are asking if and possibly how to utilize this tool (or not).  There are some great thought leaders out there writing, speaking and presenting on this topic.  It is important to understand AI's place and how we can use this tool as a resource.  In an article. I wrote for the International Curriculum Association, titled - Digital Citizenship: How to Recognize and Harness the Potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) might provide a starting point. 

I want to thank the KPI Institute for the opportunity to have a discussion about the relationship of digital citizenship and bring positive online in their podcast. To hear the entire discussion connect on their site: "Dr. Mike Ribble: Boosting Mood – The Power of Positive Online Interactions.

I want to thank everyone working so diligently during these difficult times.  With so many students now working from home - many using digital devices it makes this topic of Digital Citizenship so critical!  A great new article out on Digital Citizenship is from Alexandra Frost - Building the Themes of Digital Citizenship into Instruction and Business Planning in EdTech Magazine.  There are great resources on this important topic.

I want to thank Ms. Amanda Brace from Regina, SK to have another conversation about the importance of Digital Citizenship.  If you would like to listen to this podcast it is available in Apple Podcasts. She also wrote a short blog post about this conversation, which also includes some of the resource links on her website - EdTechEndeavours.  With the leadership of educators like Amanda and so many of you we will get through this time. Thank you Amanda for inviting me again!

Working with Dr. Marty Park we have released a a new, updated book on Digital Citizenship titled - The Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders: Fostering Positive Interactions Online.  Once again we will be partnering with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education).  Don't let the title scare you off, if you are looking for information on Digital Citizenship, you are a school leader.   If you have questions or comments about the material found on this website please click on the Contact Us link to send us your information. If you are interested in reading more about Digital Citizenship please go to the Resources page then scroll down to Publications and click on the link for information you are interested in. See the article in Tech & Learning (Fall 2020) - Making Digital Citizenship Stick

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