Digital citizenship can't be taught from a book. Anne Collier's views are rich with examples from around the world of best practice in digital citizenship education. Anne should know. She works on Facebook's Safety Advisory Board and edits NetFamilyNews. Anne argues “digital citizenship” shouldn't even be the term – in today's world, these conversations are part of citizenship.
She makes the surprising assertion that the United States is behind many classrooms she has visited around the world. (Hear why.) After listening to Anne, many schools should reevaluate their approach teaching digital citizenship.
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Show Notes Anne Collier #71, “An Educator's Guide to the Emerging, Expanding View of Digital Citizenship”
Anne Collier, the co-director of a nonprofit in Silicon Valley, talks with Vicki Davis about digital citizenship.
Digital citizenship is beyond netiquette, digital safety, and online classroom management. Citizenship includes participation, a sense of belonging, and rights / responsibilities.
Anne stresses that digital environments are not separate from physical environments. Teaching these skills is important, but practicing is imperative.
The biggest issues in this field right now include active and responsible participation. She advocates working in an online community of practice. Join a learning community in which students rise to the challenge of exercising digital citizenship when allowed to use the tools in their education.
Anne recommends looking at what people have written about citizenship and applying salient points to the digital environment. She tries to focus on social literacy, media literacy, and digital literacy.
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