Course overview, Starting the conversation

Part I: The Big Picture
Week 1

  1. Part I. The Big Picture – A history and overview of digital citizenship; how to approach digital citizenship from a policy perspective
  2. Part II. Tools, Skills and Resources of Digital Citizenship – Theoretical and practical tools to help educators develop tools and approaches to address digital citizenship issues with students, schools, and districts
  3. Part III. Topics in Digital Citizenship – Of the many issues associated with digital citizenship, we have time to consider two: cyberbullying, media literacy

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Part I, pre-Topic: Course Overview

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This is a preparatory/overview week. We will have a live computer conference during which I will go over the course and answer any questions you have. The conference is required for you if you are an ED 673 or an ED 593 student. You will want to be there because it is your chance to meet me and the other students in a live environment. This week you will also create your ePortfolio and send me the address so I can link your ePortfolio to this course website.

Lastly, you will read some material for this week, and get started on your readings/viewings for next week. There are more details about these activities below.

A note about ISTE standards that are identified weekly

Each week you will see an inset box that identifies the ISTE standards associated with the week’s material. Clicking on the inset box will bring up all of the ISTE standards associated with digital citizenship. Try it.

Do you need to read anything before the video conference?
Yes, please read one article: Character Education in the Digital Age – Should we teach our kids to have two lives or one? This is a short article of mine that appeared in Educational Leadership magazine. It will help you understand my approach to the course.

Want to read it in Spanish? Thanks to Eduteka for translating this article: La Educación del Carácter en la Era Digital.

Assignments for this week. Recapping, the assignments for this week are:

  1. Create ePortfolio. The ePortfolio will be used for posting weekly synthesis assignments that capture your understanding of a key idea that was addressed that week. You can create your ePortfolio with whatever social media service you wish (WordPress, Google Sites, etc.). This is described each week in the course materials.
  2. Send me the URL of your ePorfolio. I will make your site linkable on our course website.
  3. Read the article mentioned above. It’s titled, Character Education in the Digital Age – Should we teach our kids to have two lives or one? This is a short read.
  4. Watch the Frontline Documentary Generation Like, which aired February 18, 2014.
  5. Read/view materials for next week. Go to week 2 to learn more about readings due for next week.
  6. Make sure you can get into our Google+ Community for the purposes of course discussion. If you have any problems accessing the community, please let me know.

A few notes about privacy and your ePortfolio. Please set whatever level of privacy you want on your ePortfolio. I have to be able to see it of course, but ideally you would at least let other students in the class see your work. You may also choose to leave it open and allow comments. Up to you. It is also up to you to determine the degree to which you are identified on your ePortfolio. You may choose to use your whole name or just part of it; you may elect to post a picture or not. We will discuss the issue of “digital footprints” – in which your ePortfolio figures prominently –  as one of this course’s topics.

Citations, credits

Mother, daughter at computer. Retrieved 12/1/2013 from Clipart.com. Used through an annual paid subscription.

World, in header [Photoshop created image]. (2011). Created by Larry Addington for Corwin Press. It is a modified version of the cover of my book Digital Community, Digital Citizen. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.