Citizenship and digital citizenship are quite similar. In my opinion, they are similar because digital citizenship falls under the umbrella of citizenship. digital citizenship is just a branch of citizenship. Citizenship is defined as , “the quality of an individual’s response to membership in a community”. (Merriam-Webster) As a citizen, there are rights and responsibilities that a citizen has and uses to contribute to society. This is the same for digital citizenship, but in the “digital society”. Digital citizenship was defined as, “the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use”. (Ribble, 2015)
I believe that digital citizenship is really being able to have and practice appropriate netiquette, while interacting with others in a digital society. It is very important to teach others about becoming a digital citizen. Although be live in a world that is now technology driven, individuals still don’t have a full grasp on how to be appropriate online. It is the teachers’ responsibility to teacher students, while using technology, how to interact in a digital society. It is the teachers’ job to show and practice how students share, interact and collaborate in the digital world.
After reading over the nine elements of digital citizenship, although all are important, there are a few that resonate with me. Being able to communicate and collaborate, is a huge component in my innovation plan. Learning to appropriately with others is a skill that would need to be taught, in my classroom. My goal is prepare students for their post-secondary lives and there are going to be times when they need to communicate and collaborate with others, whether is school or in the workforce. I would practice this by having students work together, through the ePortfolio process. Students will need to collaborate and communicate with others when editing their ePortfolios and posting in discussions.
Another element that is relevant to me is digital etiquette. In a world of social media and “trolls” or “trolling”, students sometimes lose touch with what is a appropriate conduct. Teachers needs to teach students about the conduct and procedures, in the digital world. I also really think that digital fluency is very useful. My goal is to help students learn about technology and how to use it. My hope is that if they get an understanding of problem solving and how to figure out used of technology, that they can do that independently in the future. I would teach this by using ePortfolios, from my innovation plan.
All of these elements I mentioned have on thing in common, preparing students to independently navigate the digital world independently. It is my goal for all students to have a independent and successful post-secondary life. By teaching these elements, I’m confident that students will be able to successfully and appropriately navigate through the digital world.
Ribble, M. (2015). Nine elements. Retrieved from: http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/nine-elements.html
(n.d.). Citizenship. Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citizenship