Administrators, Teachers and Students can truly benefit from resources for safe and informed use of the internet. The tools for digital citizenship are many and the benefits of its’ application can aid our children now and well into the future. I see it as an important issue and I have blogged about its importance here and here. Descriptions of Digital Citizenship can vary but the themes are similar with the focus being on responsible use of technology. Many feel the same way. At DigitalCitizenship.net you can find an outline of its major themes.
School leaders play an important role in safe and responsible use of digital technology. Those familiar with the NETS standards for Administrators, Teachers and Students will notice that Digital Citizenship is a part of each of these sets of standards for using technology in education. It is my belief that it is the primary standard in each set as it helps to set the stage for all of the rest. If done well, it empowers students, teachers, parents and administrators with safe, responsible and informed internet use. I think many would agree that application of digital citizenship can make the world a safer, better place both now and into the future.
The safety, security and well being of all of our students is so important. This month is National Cybersecurity Month and also Anti Bullying Month. Also, in our schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia we are focusing on discussing Digital Citizenship with our schools via online Virtual Academy professional development sessions and with our PLP cohort teams.
Scott McLeod does a great job with his yearly call for bloggers for Leadership Day. In response he gets and shares many posts and resources for Technology in Education Leadership. I decided to follow his lead and institute a call for Clicks(blog posts) and Tweets on behalf of Digital Citizenship.
Ideas for Participation
- What does Digital Citizenship mean to you as a school administrator?
- How can school leaders promote, model or establish policies around Digital Citizenship in their schools?
- Why is it important to teach? What are the benefits?
- How does good Digital Citizenship empower school leadership, teaching and learning in a rapidly changing world?
- How can school leaders support the Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship?
- How does Digital Citizenship support our objectives under NETS A, T, or S or State or other standards?
- What is a best practice for teachers, students or administrators?
- What does it mean to be ‘information literate’ in the 21st century?
- How can we help students to create a positive digital footprint?
- What is a favorite video or online resource?
- In what ways have you seen success as a leader focusing on digital citizenship?
How to partipipate:
- Post on Saturday, October 30th via your blog, website or on twitter. Do a reflection, outline a best practice, showcase resources, or create a list.
- Use the #digitalcitizenshipday hashtag on twitter to tweet your post link or share resources
- Fill out this online form if you do a blog post so that I can list your response on a summary post.