Digital Citizenship and the New School Year

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One of the most important topics I believe a school can cover is Digital Citizenship. So I went on a twitter search of the top two videos on this topic. If I am going to present to the students in my High School ( which I am ) I want the best of the best. Which videos rate as the top two I think our students should see? So I asked the question to my PLN “ If you had to choose the top two videos on Digital Citizenship for high school students what would you choose?”

You would think this would be easy to answer, but it is not! I am aware of lots of videos on Digital Citizenship, but which ones do I believe I should present to all our new grade 10’s? I’m not sure yet.

Some of the responses I received were:

  • great question let me know what you find?
  • try this for starters thanks Tom Whitby @tomwhitby
  • tough call, but here is a nice collection of digital citizenship videos  thanks Eric Sheninger @NMHS_Principal
  • thinking on this one
  • I’ve been looking too … please share
  • Retweets and assistance because of @courosa. Thank you so much as always Alec for your help with this. I am continually inspired by you.
  • The search produced ideas , but no top videos people would choose to show to a large group of high school students and I understand why. There are so many to choose from and how to decide which one would be best is not easy and depends on the purpose. Fortunately I will be using several so no real need to find the absolute best.
  • I’ve added videos and ideas to my digital citizenship livebinder so thanks to all of you on twitter who contributed.

In the process of thinking about this important topic I had some insights that I thought were useful.

  • What about asking the students to watch five videos (of their own choosing) on the topic of Digital Citizenship) and pick the ones they think are the top two?
  • What about having students research and create their own videos? Challenge them to create one that other students would pick as their top two.
  • What do students think should be the criteria for picking a video as one that should be in the top two?
  • What do educators think should be the criteria for picking a video that should be in their top two?
  • What are the essential components of a great assembly on Digital Citizenship for high school students?
  • If you had an hour to present to all new grade 10’s on the topic of Digital Citizenship, what would you present?
  • What do I really want our students to be aware of?

What I do know is that I want our students to think a lot about this very important topic and as a counselling team we will be covering this topic throughout the school year.

  1. I want to model positive digital citizenship
  2. I want students to know that being online in a positive way can make a positive difference in their life. Students throughout the world are doing many great things online
  3. I want students to learn all they can about being a good citizen online and off
  4. I don’t want to scare students.  I want to inform them and assist them to act with integrity on the web
  5. I want students to be safe, responsible, and use good judgement online
  6. I want students to be aware of their identity
  7. I want students to learn and understand creative commons
  8. I want to help prepare students for ” a society full of technology” Ribble
  9. I want students to be able to be learn to create and be proud of what they create and learn and share on the net
  10. I want students to be able to “understand how networks work ” Rheingold

Here is  a past post that I wrote on the topic: Making A Difference On Line where you can find other resources on this very important topic.

As school counsellors this year we will be:

  • sending Digital Citizenship tweets to students on the school twitter account as well as through remind 101
  • posting articles and videos on the school facebook account
  • sending out @HaikuDecks on the topic to students
  • sharing information on the topic on our school counselling website
  • focusing on where we can add information on Digital Citizenship in our learning guides
  • posting information on bulletin boards (our students look at these) caught them many, many times

I especially want students to know as Seth Godin says, “Everything you do now ends up on your permanent record. The best plan is to overload google with a long tail of good stuff and always act as if you are on Candid Camera because you are”.

We need to be congruent on and of line and we need to model integrity and teach this to our students . This is a  process and we will slip up along the way,but for today we will do and be the best we can.

I certainly recognize that helping students be more aware of digital citizenship is the responsibility of teachers, parents, educators and the society as a whole , but as school counsellors we can assist students in their understanding of this very important topic. I would love it if you would share your ideas and tell us what you think some of the best videos and ideas are around this topic. Please comment below if you have ideas. This is a work in progress.

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