Why in education do we create so many new buzz words? Today I am picking on the phrase “Digital Citizenship“.
For this post I am inspired by the words of Dr. Phil McRae. He is an Executive Staff Officer with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. He stated “We don’t have digital citizenship, we have citizens living in a digital age.” This is true, we have citizens and we are required to teach them a number of important skills in schools. Where does the term digital citizenship fall in terms of educating the youth?
Basically teachers are expected to infuse the following topics into our busy curriculum. (PS I have added links below that you can educate yourself and students about various topics.)
Last time, I looked at the Alberta Curriculum, we still have Information and Communication Technology (ICT) outcomes that teacher should be covering. This is wonderful, but this Alberta document is getting dated, as it was published in 2003. Teacher want and need resources and direction.
So, can we just teach GOOD CITIZENSHIP.
- Personal Conduct
- The footprint we leave
- Healthy Relationships through any medium
- Health and Well Being on all levels
- Law in respect to a students age
- Literacy at all level (digital, financial, etc.)
- Safety in any format for any child
- Bullying (because it will still happen at the school and online.)
So where do we teach these topics now, because for our students this is their world? Social Studies, Health, or do we infuse it into all subjects.
At what grades, levels or divisions should we be teaching various topics?
Thank you to Carmen Larsen for creating, sharing and promoting this resource. Please add to it to help us educate students and ourselves. Also this reinforces the idea that we need to be promoting student engagement in our classrooms!
Congratulations to Karin Goble for completing her thesis… another super resource for 21st Century Learning and Student Engagement. This is another topic for another time….but you can see why the two are closely related!