We're excited to bring you a new series from a passionate digital citizenship advocate, Dr. Jason Ohler. The series will explore the importance of digital citizenship and provide strategies for integrating digital citizenship into schools.
The series will begin on February 17, 2017. This post will contain all of the links to the series' posts. New links will be added as blogs are published.
How Predicting the Future Can Develop Digital Citizenship Skills
Six Strategies to Get Students Talking and Thinking About Digital Citizenship
Three Skills Students Need to Become Good Digital Citizens
Using Character Education to Teach Digital Citizenship
How to Create a Successful Character Education Program That Teaches Digital Citizenship
Dr. Jason Ohler is a professor emeritus, speaker, writer and a lifelong digital humanist who is well known for the passion, insight, and humor he brings to his writings, projects, teaching and presentations. He has been helping community members, organizations and students at all levels understand the ethical implications of being digital citizens in a world of roller coaster technological change. His most recent book, 4Four Big Ideas for the Future, reflects on his 35 years in the world of educational media and innovation in order to chart a course for a future. He is first and foremost a storyteller, telling tales of the future that are grounded in the past. Find him on Twitter @jasonohler or visit his website: JasonOhlerIdeas.com
In my last blog, we explored activities to help students “frame the system” rather than game the system in order to think critically about the rules that should govern their digital lifestyles. Now I'd like to discuss an activity that helps students develop digital citizenship skills by imagining new technologies. The goal is for students to take charge of their futures by inventing it. Digital citizenship is often approached from a reactive perspective in response to unwanted behavior like cyberbullying or cyberstalking. In contrast, this activity approaches digital citizenship proactively, casting students in the roles of leaders and “imagineers.”
Like many teachers, I am passionate about changing the world through connecting with our youngest citizens. My motivation stems from wanting the best for my students so they can succeed in their educational pursuits and find their place in the world. My passion drives me to help them develop lifelong learning as part of the fabric of their lives.
We are up against a serious neurological challenge in terms of students making ethical decisions. For most of us, the brain's neo-cortex—where the seat of ethical judgment resides—is not fully formed until we reach our early twenties.