By Carol Campbell
In order to be successful today, students must be equipped with 21st century skills. Effective citizens and workers of the 21st century must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology (Partnership for 21st Century Learning).
"A Global Digital Citizen practices leadership, ethics, global awareness, and personal responsibility” (globaldigitalcitizen.org/), and has “a fundamental understanding of the ethical and legal issues surrounding the access and use of information technologies” (Partnership for 21st Century Learning).
As educators, we should be cognizant of how our digital footprints represent us, and then guide our students into how they can curate their own best content and digital representation of themselves.
What 21st Century Skills do Students Need to Become Excellent Digital Citizens?
The Essential Fluencies framework consists of six essential guiding components
• Solution Fluency: use critical thinking and inductive/deductive reasoning for problem-solving
• Information Fluency: access and evaluate information critically and competently
• Creativity Fluency: use a wide-range of idea creations techniques
• Media Fluency: understand how and why media messages are constructed, and their purpose
• Collaboration Fluency: demonstrate an ability to work effectively and respectfully with others
• Digital Citizenship: apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of technology
The Net Generation -- in particular, the younger demographic, needs guidance on ethical action, on responsibility and on constructing and keeping boundaries (Tapscott, 2009).
How Do We Teach Digital Citizenship?
10 Esential Questions for Teaching Global Digital Citizenship:
• Search and Share Ethically: How can students source and use content for multimedia
projects safely and ethically?
• Be Social Media Savvy: What can students do to keep themselves safe in their social media environments?
• Follow Your Footprint: How can we manage and minimize the negative impact of our “digital footprint?”
• Be Kind: How will I show appreciation and respect for any intellectual property provided for free online?
• Share Your Smarts: How can I share my interests and skills with others?
• Practice Tech Health: minimize the effects of too much time with digital technology
• Contribute to Communities: How can we use technology and teamwork to help local and global communities?
• Touch Global Lives: How can we help people in different parts of the world lead better lives?
• Make a Stand: What can we do to stand up against bullying and cyberbullying?
• Connect with Culture: What projects can students collaborate on to learn about other world cultures? (globaldigitalcitizen.org/)
With the technological advances that have provided an expansive platform of learning opportunities, comes a great responsibility to be good ambassadors of Information Communications Technology. As, teachers, students and citizens – let’s all do our part.
Global Digital Citizen Foundation. (2017, February 07). Teaching Global Digital Citizenship? Use These 10 Essential Questions. Retrieved from https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/teaching-global-digital-citizenship-10-essential-questions (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
P21 (Partnership for 21st Century Learning). (2015). Framework for 21st Century Learning.
Tapscott, D. (2009). The eight net gen norms. In Grown up digital (pp.75-96). Toronto, Ontario: McGraw-Hill.
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