#4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. Teachers:
  • advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources
  • address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources
  • promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information
  • develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools

Rationale for Students as Digital Citizens

The use of digital media within homes, businesses and classrooms has increased significantly within the past few years. Students are no longer able to rely on traditional methods of research, communication and learning to succeed. The use of digital media is essential! However, we as educators can not assume that students know how to behave appropriately when using this type of technology. We must incorporate digital citizenship into our curriculum, not as a separate subject, but rather as an unified lesson while learning how to use digital media.
Tools to Assist With Teaching Digital Citizenship

Austin Area School District Digital Citizenship Program

Austin Area School District does not have a set policy for teaching digital citizenship to students. We currently require students/parents to read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy that explains in detail what is acceptable use of the internet and what consequences are in place for unacceptable use, however it is an individual teachers responsibility to decide what etiquette, if any, should be taught.

Our internet access is determined by our technology guru, Guy. He determines what websites are blocked and which websites are accessible. Of course, We have been discussing different blocking methods that would allow staff to have access to websites that students are blocked from entering, however nothing has been set in stone yet!

Digital Citizenship Activity

While searching online for resources on digital citizenship, I came across a website, Digital Literacy Tour, that provides resources for parents and educator to assist with teaching internet safety to students. This website contains videos, discussion guides, handouts and hands-on-activities for students. This resource would be an exception tool to help teach digital citizenship to students.

My artifacts demonstrating this standard (What?)
The artifacts that are presented on this page that demonstrate this standard are:
1. Review and links to tools to assist with digital citizenship
2. My schools digital citizenship program review

My Reflection on meeting this standard (So What?)

I have met this standard by exploring and reviewing digital citenship.

My Future Learning Goals related to this standard (Now What?)

In the future I would like to continue to explore and teach digital citenship within my classroom.