Models of Digital Citizenship

A short exploration.

  1. The concept of Digital Citizenship can be tough to wrap your head around. How does it differ from ordinary citizenship, what are the key standards, how are we teaching are students? Why are we teaching our students Digital Citizenship?

    I curated three collections for my exploration. Two look at full models of Digital Citizenship, while the third focuses on an aspect I was most curious about: etiquette.
  2. The 9 Elements approach is championed by Mike Ribble. It addresses most of what I would consider important to Digital Citizenship. It is how ever missing a discussion of Digital Footprint.

    InCtrl uses a similar system to break down their ideals of Digital Citizenship. They do have a section on Digital Footprint, and even include Common Core standards that can be applied to the various lessons. InCtrl is missing (in contrast to 9 Elements) a section on commerce.
  3. One area both 9 Elements and InCtrl are shaky on is Digital Etiquette. InCtrl does address some of the issues in their sections on Digital Footprint, Collaboration, and cyber-bullying. 9 Elements has a section on Digital Etiquette but it is not very clear. In the book excerpt the language is dense and distant, while Ribble's website doesn't explain what exactly Digital Etiquette is or what guidelines for behavior there are.
  4. In contrast there were sites that targeted Digital Etiquette quite well; including BrainPOP which has its own Digital Citizenship section -- of which etiquette was a part.

    My short exploration of the topic shows a lot of similarities in categories and guidelines for Digital Citizenship. While presentation, thoroughness, and emphasis vary more widely.
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