Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Digital Citizenship...what does this look like?

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.

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. Your responses and comments will certainly help us as we prepare for our advising sessions on "digital citizenship" during the year.

Nice article on digital citizenship:


  1. Matt-

    I like it. Did you read the book "the world is flat"

    Who is going to read this? Do students read it before the advising session and do you then expect they will leeave a comment?



  2. Anonymous11:48 AM

    I like the terminology. I think the 5th graders will need instruction as to what you mean by "flat" ....

    Analogies often need to be explained to them.

  3. Anonymous12:21 PM

    This looks good. I think it will be important to stress with the kids the responsibility they have for things they put on the Internet. Some of them tend to think their comments are anonymous since there isn't the face to face contact.

  4. Digital citizenship is a way for all "netizens" to be connected to others, provide their opinion, dialogue about important issues, and collaborate on project. Participation is easy, ubiquitous, and very powerful. The obvious difference from citizenship in society is the lack of face to face contact. This is something that we still need to stress with our students, since communication in person will always be a valued and essential skill. Many people are fretting over the lack of personal communication as a result of the web and technology, but that's the direction of communities (of all levels) are heading. It's important that we develop active and educated participants in both realms of citizenship.