Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship

What is digital Citizenship?

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. 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.

The Digital Citizenship website shares its 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship. There is a nice break down of each one and more information on the website.

Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.

  1. Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
  2. Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information.
  3. Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.
  4. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society.
  5. Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods.
  6. Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
  7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world.
  8. Digital Health & Wellness: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.

The publications page links to articles about digital citizenship, for more reading

  • Digital Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety.
  • Celebrate International Literacy Day, Read Something

    From the UNESCO site:

    On International Literacy Day each year,UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.
    About 759 million adults still lack literacy skills. Two-thirds are women. The International Literacy Day global celebrations will therefore focus on the transformation literacy can bring to women’s lives and thosen of their families, communities and societies.

    Why is literacy important?

    Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.

    Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. There are good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for All (EFA).

    A good quality basic education equips pupils with literacy skills for life and further learning; literate parents are more likely to send their children to school; literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities; and literate societies are better geared to meet pressing development .

    Collection of good practices
    Presents short info sheets on about 80 literacy programmes from all over the world presented at the UNESCO Regional Conferences in support of Global Literacy.

    More Ways to Celebrate

    Partnership for 21st Century Skills

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    I was reminded via Stephen Abram’s post Framework for 21st Century Learning about the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. I have a great list of resources that I plan to share and I forget which ones I haven’t and haven’t done. I could have sworn I’d blogged this but searching for it proves futile.

    The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is

    … a national  organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global  economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation). While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school. Learn more about the Partnership and the Framework for 21st Century Learning.

    The site is full of great tools like

    Time to Vote on a Logo!

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    First let me say thank you to everyone who submitted a logo.  I am very grateful that you cared enough about transliteracy to take the time to create something for us.

    Its time to vote! *

    We have received 10 responses, I’ve created a survey with Zoomerang, the images are on the survey too.  Please vote for your top TWO selections for the logo. The survey will close August 7th.  Please vote only once.

    If you’d like to make commentary on any of the specific logos please click on the image below, it will take you to the blog post for that submission and you may leave a comment.

    *Votes will be taken into consideration, final decision will be made by the bloggers.

    Scholars’ Use of Digital Media

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    The Chronicle of Higher Education summarizes an interesting study by Ithaka which surveyed how academic faculty use various digital media. The study focuses on three areas:

    • how faculty members use and perceive their campus libraries
    • how they are handling the print-to-digital shift in scholarly work
    • how much they have or have not changed their professional habits in an increasingly electronic environment

    Many of the findings will probably not be very surprising to academic librarians. Scholars are less likely to begin their research at the library (physically) or at a library catalog. They have a preference for access to electronic journals rather than print; however, they have been slow to adopt e-book readers. Scholars put more faith in traditional publishing avenues rather than in open-access journals.

    The full report can be found here.

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