Digital Citizenship Getting Started Guide

A Getting Started Guide to Digital Citizenship Education

A one time assembly about digital citizenship is not enough. So, Susan Bearden believes digital citizenship should be reinforced daily with kids. In light of how much work we have to do in schools, this whole-school approach brings out so many questions! How do you bring everyone together to understand digital citizenship? What is the role of schools, parents, and faculty?  In today's show, digital citizenship expert, Susan Bearden tackles these questions and more. Moreover, she helps us figure out where to start if we're not already doing this in our school today.

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Show Notes:

  • What are the most common mistakes schools make about digital citizenship?
  • Whose responsibility is teaching digital citizenship?
  • How do we change student behavior?
  • How to educators deal with the drama that can accompany digital citizenship conversations?
  • What are some ways to deal with volatile issues without having to confront them head on?
  • Why do educators need to talk to kids to understand their social media world?
  • How do you make time for digital citizenship when you're not a technology teacher?
  • What do we say when parents are angry about what schools should be teaching about digital citizenship?
  • Where should educators start when they know nothing about digital citizenship education?

Susan M. Bearden is the co-moderator of #edtechchat, cohost of edTechChat Radio and creator of @tweechmeApp. She is the author of Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach, a speaker, frequent guest blogger, and a contributing author to the Huffington Post, she was ranked #9 on their list of “The 50 Most Social CIOs on Twitter.”

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Karina Gracia August 8, 2016 - 8:53 pm

I think it is crucial that we have programs out there like NetSmartz, that enable educators to learn the essentials on “digital citizenship.” I also feel that this should required for educators, considering the velocity and issues that digital communication is experiencing, including but not limited to cyberbullying. I would like to see more of these opportunities for parents.

Vicki Davis August 9, 2016 - 5:25 am

Netsmartz has an option for parents and kids, I believe. Look closely at the site, when I was on there I am pretty sure there was a tutorial for parents too.


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