Digital Citzenship is the appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use.
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SPS, as part of its Digital Backpack, produced a Digital Citizenship poster.
The ISTE NETS and Performation Indicators for Teachers (NETS•T) has a strand called “Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility” and the strand “Digital Citizenship” is included in the NETS•S for Students.
Media Smarts has tools and curricula to teach your students about becoming responsible digital citizens. The curriculum is divided into three major topical strands, each with its own units and lessons:
- Safety and Security Strand
- Digital Citzenship Strand
- Research and Information Literacy Strand
California School Library Association (CSLA) sponsors an free online Digital Citizenship course for educators and their K-12 students.
Digitalcitizenship.net presents nine elements and accompanying resources for teaching students to be respectful, responsible, and contributing citizens.
This involves adhering to Creative Commons when consuming information and licensing their work as information producers. A pathfinder of audio and images copyleft resources has been created. What is Copyright? – SPS created website outlines the obligations with respect to the works you create and use.
10 Ways Schools are Teaching Internet Safety outlines some of the many ways educators are teaching about online safety and responsibility.
Digital Footprint - Students need to be aware of their reputation online. How do we leave a positive footprint?
Although the greatest prevention tool to plagiarism is the open-ended inquiries which answers cannot be Googled, there are several tools to help students as they synthesize and coalesce information.
October 12, 2012
The definition for digital citizenship includes the practice of safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology such as respecting and managing creative and intellectual property. Digital citizens are able to find, assess, cite, and use reources to make new learning. By providing attribution or acknowledging their sources, students demonstrate citizenship and show their readers the path taken to reach their conclusions. Citing shows how the students tied others’ research and ideas together and how they came to learn about and develop their own ideas, opinions, and possible solutions.
Why Cite Sources?
The University of Alabama states five convincing reasons for citing sources:
- Citations reflect the careful and thorough work put into locating and exploring sources.
- Citations help readers understand the context of the argument and are a courtesy to the reader, who may share the student`s interest in a particular area of study.
- Citations allow acknowledgement of the authors who contributed to the learning and the work.
- Citations, by illustrating the learning process, also draw attention to the originality and legitimacy of students’ ideas.
- By citing sources, students demonstrate integrity and skill as a responsible citizen in the field of study.
Free Citation Generators
Need help creating citations and bibliographies? Citation generators can help. There are many options to choose from, including Web sites, propetitaty software, and browser extensions.
- Produces citations and bibliographies in APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian styles. It has some features not found in other free citation generators, such as autofill and the ability to switch between citation styles. Watch a video tutorial
for using BibMe to cite sources.
- Many databases offer the ability to format citations, usually as part of the print/save/email function, or in a “cite this article” link
- Automatically generate a bibliography based on the source information students provide for the document. The online tutorial
may be of assistance.
- Free, open source utility that works in the Firefox browser to help users collect, manage and cite sources.
Copyright- Free Search Engines
Visit Techy Teacher`s Image Resources and Audio Resources for a list of copyright-free search engines.
May 20, 2012
What is Netiquette?
Netiquette is a term from the words “Internet Etiquette” or “Network Etiquette” which describes the use of manners and behavior online.
- Treat other people the way you would like to be treated. Avoid using bad language and don’t say things to someone to make them feel bad.
- Writing in all capital letters is considered SHOUTING and is considered rude. A word or two in caps is fine, but shouting is not recommended.
Tips for Students:
- Keep your e-mail address, name, address or telephone number private.
- Tell your parent or an adult right away if you come across any information that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Do not give out your Internet passwords to anyone (even best friends), other than your parents.
- Do not go to any chatrooms or websites not approved of by your parents/guardians.
May 19, 2012