Digital Citizenship Month OOE13

This was my intro post for Digital Citizenship month for the Open Online Experience. OOE13 is a collaborative effort by many people, my main contribution was taking the lead during Digital Citizenship month, November 2013.

What is Digital Citizenship?

In the past ten years we have gone from police officers in classrooms teaching internet safety to media literacy to digital citizenship, and maybe even just citizenship.

What is your definition of digital citizenship?

Digital Citizenship can be a hard thing to define, and your definition can change over time.

Blog prompt:

During week one start a blog post with your definition of digital citizenship, you don’t have to post it right now if you don’t want to. Throughout the month, you will probably want to add to your post and refine it and perhaps add some useful resources.

What are the rules the rules and policies of your school, district or country? This Digital Citizenship Resource Guide is from Alberta Education (in Canada.) Janet Webster lives one province to the west in British Columbia. In this post she explores the impact of British Columbia’s Freedom of Information Act on her classroom. Are the laws and guidelines from your province or country much different?

Looking for more resources about Digital Citizenship? Check out Edutopia’s 5 Minute Film Festival about Digital Citizenship and the University of British Columbia’s Digital Tattoo site.

What’s your Digital Footprint?

Google yourself and write a post about what you find. Try different variations of your name, how do the results change? (for example Jane Doe, Jane E Doe, Jane Elizabeth Doe)
Use a web 2.0 tool like Vizify to map your social presence
make a movie about it. Want to try a new tool? Check out Splice, Jing or Storybird.

Student Activity

Read Cleaning up your Digital Footprint, a Student’s Perspective, and share it with your students. Have your students map a digital footprint (theirs or someone else’s) and have them assess it . Is it safe, professional, relevant, accurate? This post describes an activity where students had to “stalk” assigned people on the web and assess their digital footprint.

How can you build a positive digital footprint?

Whether or not you contribute to it, you have a digital footprint. Take charge of your digital footprint by blogging, tweeting, contributing to online communities.

Read George Couros Post about his Digital Footprint, and his resources for creating a Positive Digital Footprint.

Blog prompt:


During week two write a post about your digital footprint or record your reflections in another format (audio, video, cartoon…) If you don’t know where to start try one of the activities in this post Taking Care of Your Digital Self.

Blogging can help students and teachers establish a positive footprint. Read
5 Reasons your Students Should Blog. Looking for resources about blogging with students? Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano’s post Assessment in the Modern Classroom has great ideas about assessing blogging and other 21st century skills. She also has a fantastic Blogging Scope and Sequence for K-8 classrooms.

The Student Blogging Challenge has great blogging and digital footprint resources. Your classes and individual students can sign up for the twice yearly blogging challenges. They also need mentors for student participants. Linda Yollis and her Primary students are a great resource about blogging and other 21st century literacies.

Kathy Cassidy blogs (and uses other web 2.0 tools) to help her students connect with others around the world. She wrote about her experiences in her recent book Connected from the Start.

Kathy will be joining us on November 13th to talk about ways that students can create positive digital footprints.

Looking for more activities?

Explore Verena Roberts high school MOOC about Digital Footprint. Try one of the activities, skim the resources, or read some participant comments. Here are Verena’s collections of resources for Digital Citizenship and How Kids are Learning.

Learning how to code gives students more opportunities than relying on what others have created. Organizations like Little Miss Geek and Girls Can Code provide positive female role models to young girls.

If you are looking for a blogging challenge, consider joining the National Blog Post Month which encourages participants to write at least 30 blog posts and 15 comments. Here are some suggestions for posts for National Blog Post Month.

Digital Leadership

How can you or your students use your digital skills, digital tools to make a difference in the world? What is digital leadership?

Join students and teachers discussing this in the Twitter Chat on November 23.

Blog prompt:


How can you use your digital citizenship knowledge, skills and abilities to make a difference in the world? In week three blog or share in another digital way about students or teachers who are making a difference, or how you are making a difference.

Learn about Blog Action Day which was on October 13th. Review and contribute to Kevin Honeycutt’s crowd-sourced List of Ways Kids Can Make A Difference.

Verena Roberts just finished moderating a MOOC about Leadership for high school students. Students were learning in many different spaces, the Tweets from the sessions have been storified here. In this post she explains what high school students need to know about Moocs. Here are some of her links for Hacking and the Maker Movement. Other sources of inspiration are groups like Teach The Web, Mozfest 2013, or Make Something Yeg. KIVA lets individuals make micro loans directly to individuals with ideas.

Keep in mind that Digital Leadership often requires that we put ourselves out there in ways that make us vulnerable and uncomfortable.

Digital Identity

What is web literacy, and the web literacy standard?
Using the Web Literacy Standard design your own digital citizenship badge.

Doug Belshaw will be joining us on November 23rd.

Blog prompt:


In the last week of the month, revisit your definition of digital citizenship. Has it changed? If so update the post or add a new post with your new definition. Have you learned anything or found out about resources that you can use in your teaching practice?

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