Dear 7th Grade Parents-
During advising sessions in grades 5-8 this year, we are going to focus on "digital citizenship" and what this means. Our essential question in grades 5-8 is, "What does digital citizenship in a global environment look like, feel like, and sound like?" This is a tough question, but an important one to consider as we prepare our students to be leaders in a "Flat" and global environment.
Today in advising we began the first of our three advising sessions that deal with this topic. We talked a little bit about citizenship in the physical world and how it is different and like citizenship in the electronic world. As a way to deepen our discussion, students are required to respond to a blog post just like you are doing now. Students are required to create an account at blogger.com. We spent some time talking about the proper way to create a blogger.com account so that students are not revealing personal information. Learning to communicate effectively in a digital world is a key skill and one we will practice and work on with our students over the course of their Middle School experience here at USM.
Please take a moment and reflect on what digital citizenship looks like, feels like and sounds like. How does it compare/contrast with citizenship in the physical world? Please respond by leaving a comment below.
Peruse the following links on digital citizenship as you reflect on this post. Please include some of your own web links and resources in your comments if you'd like.
http://www.educ.ksu.edu/digitalcitizenship/ : Very nice piece on digital citizenship with links to some nice resources on the web.
http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2006/03/05/digital-citizenship/ : Very short blog write-up on digital citizenship.
http://www.educ.ksu.edu/digitalcitizenship/1stL&L.pdf : Kansas State is even offering a 3 credit class on digital citizenship. This link will take you to an article from Leading and Learning with Technology that speaks to this topic. The article is written by Mike Ribble, who works at K-State and is a leader in this area.
Middle School Technology Coordinator
University School of Milwaukee