On SITE 2012 in Austin: So What Is Digital Citizenship?

Report from SITE2012 AACE in Austin, Texas.

Social Justice and Digital Equity SIG has, with Mike Searson, created a project in Digital Citizenship that is funded by Facebook. We will hold our first meeting tomorrow to iron out details. We are at the SITE.org Conference in Austin, Texas.

Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents 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. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but aren’t not sure what we can do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.

You have probably heard about the parent who shot his child’s computer. There was an interview with the student and parent on NBC to explore the incident.

We know a lot of ways in which people have blocked the use of the Internet by cutting the cords, taking away the computer. We think education works better. We use the topic of social networking, but since Facebook is the elephant in the room, here are their resources from the Facebook page:

Facebook Resources for Educators
https://www.facebook.com/education?sk=app_4949752878

Why a PreService Initiative for Colleges and Universities?
We want to give knowledge to pre-service and inservice teachers to prepare for teaching in a digital world. We want to create a curriculum to explore the learning landscape.

Who Else is Interested in Education for the use of Social Media?
In the Cyberlearning Conference held at the National Geographic which involved SRI, NGS, and NGS, they shared this information.on Social Media. http://cyberlearning.sri.com/w/index.php/Cyberlearning:Social_Media

One National Group
http://wiredsafety.org/

Youth Safety on a Living Internet” NTIA
The Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG) reviewed and evaluated: 1. The status of industry efforts to promote online safety through educational efforts …

You may also have seen this headline. Lady Gaga Goes to Harvard:

Pop star Lady Gaga descended on Harvard University with some powerful friends Wednesday to launch her new foundation aimed at empowering young people. The singer was joined by Oprah Winfrey, spiritual leader Deepak Chopra, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to kick off the Born This Way Foundation that Gaga’s mother and inspiration will help steer. Gaga spoke to more than 1,100 students from several states, faculty and invited guests at Harvard, urging the young audience to “challenge meanness and cruelty.”

There was a Born this Way Foundation symposium of educators and groups at Harvard, funded by Lady GAGA who is intent on creating a difference using her connection with her audiences to fund an initiative by bringing together McArthur Foundation, Harvard law and education faculty, and Danah Boyd, a Microsoft researcher, as well as other people who have projects in this area. Students were also invited to the initiative, and they had their own meeting with Lady Gaga.

So we talk about many subjects inclusively when we talk about Digital Citizenship.

The topic of digital citizenship is certainly gaining momentum. In June 2010, the Online Safety Working Group sent a report to Congress titled “Youth Safety on a Living Internet.” There are many organizations and individuals that are working on this topic.

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