Digital Citizenship

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Image attributed to Tony Gurr from allthingslearning.

Helping our students develop good digital citizenship is essential in today's connected world. It cuts across all subjects and involves knowledge, awareness, skills and fluencies in three key areas according to iKeepSafe: safety and security; digital literacy; and ethics & community. 

There is much written on digital citizenship and the 21st Century Fluency Project offers lots of guidance and resources for all who teach and learn using the Internet. Teacher trainer, Tony Gurr, has also written on this topic with a post titled Getting FLUENT with the 5 FLUENCIES on his blog allthingslearning that draws on the work of the 21st Century Fluency Project. According to Tony the 5 fluencies that define a global digital citizen are:

1. Solution Fluency

2. Information Fluency

3. Creativity Fluency

4. Media Fluency

5. Collaboration Fluency

Beautiful visual summaries of each of these fluencies are provided in the post. 

Interestingly, much that has been written about developing digital literacies and digital fluencies focuses on the school child or student as at Cyberwise.org. What about the adults? The teachers? The lecturers? Anyone who uses the Internet? It is my view that many, if not all of us, need to develop appropriate digital literacies and fluences. We all need to become global citizens in today's connected world.

Dr Justin Marquis, blogger for Online Universities, offers some excellent guidelines for adults: Help Yourself By Helping Your Students Be Good Digital Citizens. It is his view that Digital Citizenship for adults includes: Basic Digital literacy, Personal Responsibility, Ethical Behaviour, Protecting Privacy, Ownership/Stewardship, Trustworthiness and Community Participation. And goes on to suggest ways in which you as adult and teacher can help your students.

And then there is Howard Reingold who argues that a real need exists for proper search and credibility skills in young and old. Take a look at his video, Crap Detection 101: the all-important literacy of determining the credibility of information found on the Internet.



  • John Ballam

    Posted at 2012-03-23 15:49:55

    This is a very valuable post - one of the practical implications is a knowledge of the sites that assist us to interrogate the credibility of sites and information. Maybe a list of these could be given to librarians?

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  • Chantal Browne

    Posted at 2012-02-08 12:35:57

    Howard Reingold is a worthwhile video to watch as it gives some tips to students on how to assess the validity and reliability of the information that they access on the web- these are critical skills that our students need to adopt.

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    • Anne Whaits

      Posted at 2012-02-20 15:17:02

      When it comes to digital fluencies, it is my opinion that those teaching very much become students themselves as being digitally literate is not the same as being digitally fluent. Roles and processes will start to change in education as this shift happens. We all need to develop key skills to not only critically consume content, but also to collaborate, share and create content. The development of these skills applies equally to those teaching as it does to their students. Question is: "How well are we as teachers modelling these skills?"

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