Digital citizenship is about learning to use technology appropriately. For the classroom, this means using it for research, as an extension of learning, to find one's identity in a way, to share thoughts, to learn from others, and to create in a unique form. However, we need to be good digital citizens, just as we are good community citizens. We need to be polite, know the boundaries, be respectful of others and of ourselves! It also means giving credit to those who produced information, not taking it as our own. It also means embodying decent and basic human skills. In addition, digital citizenship means being responsible. Responsible for one's own actions in comments, on chat rooms, in "likes" and views, and in communication with different people. The internet is not a "safe" place, but it is possible to act (or click :) ) safely through having a knowledge of what it means to be a good digital citizen.
In this class, we have discussed the importance of modeling digital citizenship. Let me elaborate, what I mean is that we have discussed how to teach students to use different platforms with the H.A.C.K model and we have read about how important it is to teach students not only the how, but the why as well. There are certain ways that are appropriate for using different platforms and there are also ways in which these platforms can be used negatively. As discussed, in a TED talk by Sherry Turkle, our technology is great, but it comes with great responsibility to ourselves and our neighbors. It means that we need to know our boundaries, know when it is too much for us to handle, and know when to stop/get help. The ISTE website, was a great resource for looking at the standards. It also helped to point out that digital citizenship truly is about ethics and exhibiting legal behavior when encountering different individuals and websites or platforms.