PhD Blog Assignment – WK 10

Digital citizenship, ethics, and netiquette refers to the responsible use of technology by any person who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage society on any level. This week we explore two technologies/resources dedicated to teaching digital citizenship: AES Digital Citizenship and ISTE Digital Citizenship.

  1. AES Digital Citizenship

Applied Educational Systems (AES) (n.d.) explains and provides guidelines for teachers to teach digital citizenship in addition to providing training module for teachers to use. AES (n.d.) explains the difference between good and bad digital citizenship, seven key concepts to help students understand the broad concept of digital citizenship, a comprehensive list of resources, and some quick reference infographics. The seven concepts include empathy, teaching how the Internet works, understanding user data, practicing digital literacy, acknowledging the digital divide (disparity), practicing digital awareness, and securing digital devices. Key concepts addressed include: click bait, fake news, digital footprints, creating virtual private networks VPNs). AES Digital Citizenship is a great resource when addressing the topic from a general overview.

In my professional practice, this would be a great resource to send out periodically (especially at the beginning of a year) to remind people of good digital citizenship practices. The website could easily be shared, to include high schoolers. This reference could be used when onboarding new employees and as a training tool for interns (our organization brings on interns a few times a year).

  1. ISTE Digital Citizenship

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) offers a paid course for instructors that is 15 hours long. The course focuses on creating thoughtful, empathetic digital citizens who are challenged with ethical questions affecting both technology and humanity (ISTE, n.d.). The course prepares instructors to help students be responsible and active in online communities by starting with basics and then moving toward specific topics and then addressing social injustice and sustainability projects. The course also focuses on how to incorporate lessons into existing curriculum and how to engage/support learning. ISTE maintains a blog that posts updates every few months addressing related topics, including finding digital balance, maintaining digital wellness, and core values of digital citizenship.

This course is designed for instructors of K-12 with emphasis on middle school through high school grades, which makes it a bit of a stretch to incorporate into my professional world. However, I was very interested to explore the course offering in detail because they offer a flyer describing the course, the class syllabus, detailed explanation of standards, explanation of all modules, and related blog articles. The course itself provides credit toward graduate level credits and is self-paced. Taking a course like this would provide me an excellent resource to incorporate into my environment as an adult educator. Without having to specifically address each module as a standalone topic, I could incorporate digital citizenship into the coursework throughout the course, which would be more like weaving the content in simultaneously while teaching. Adult students, like myself, may have witnessed the evolution of the Internet without ever having been educated on topics such as these. By incorporating these ideas, I think some older adults may be more accepting, willing, and confident about having an online voice and presence.

Reference

Applied Educational Systems. (n.d.). What is digital citizenship and how to teach it. Retrieved from: https://www.aeseducation.com/career-readiness/what-is-digital-citizenship

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). (n.d.). Digital Citizenship in Action. Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/learn/iste-u/digital-citizenship

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