A multimedia object, such as a video, photo or image, placed under a Creative Commons license enables you, the ‘borrower’ to copy, distribute, and display the work providing the photo or image is correctly attributed to the owner. Every CC license applies worldwide, is non-revocable, is not exclusive, and lasts for the duration of the works copyright.
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.
It is imperative to care about our digital footprints–and to monitor them.
A digital footprint stays with a person for their entire life, so whatever people may find online should be positive.
Also, we must develop, and encourage students to develop, visible –NOT invisible–digital footprints.
Your online reputation matters!
What you post, or what is posted about you online becomes part of your digital reputation. What might this mean for you? Fast track ahead 20 years when you are looking for a new job. Employers use “Google” and “Facebook” to learn more about you before they consider hiring you. What is placed on the Internet does goes away when deleted. There are sites, such as the WAYBACK tool on archive.org, which archive digital information and allow people to access even after it has been deleted!
Do NOT post pictures or information about yourself that you do not want your mother, father, grandma, future employer, or future educational institution to find and read. Once you post something online – YOU LOSE CONTROL of the information or image. You have no idea how it might be used or how it may influence your online reputation.
Google Alertsare email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. Google Alerts can help the user monitor a developing news story, keep current on a competitor or industry, obtain the latest gossip on a celebrity or event, keep tabs on a favourite sports teams, and receive alerts for new material containing their name.
To learn about digital footprints, explore the following:
View your existing “digital footprint” by searching your name in Google .
But by using metatags, a semantic-search tool, you can dig a little deeper into social-network profiles and images and video and more.
People-search engines can help students (and teachers) assess, and possibly clean up, their footprints.
They also can help a student celebrate the positive stamp of his or her footprint.
Next, try Spezify, a search tool that presents results from a large number of web sites visually. The site mixes all media types: blogs, videos, microblogs, and images.
Try searching your name in the following people-search engines.
Facebook can be used to search for people. If they do not have their profiles locked down, people can look at photos, learn who their friends are, and collect personal information
Visit Canada 411 and type your name. How many results do you have? Would a stranger or future employer guess which one might be you? If the person knows the area where you live, and with the map that appears next to the results, the person may be able to quickly locate your house address and telephone number.
Sign up for Google Alerts, which can be used to monitor what others are saying about you. Google Alerts will receive email updates of the latest relevant Google results about you by simply visiting the site and entering your name.
Try a Facebook app called Status Cloud . This tool creates a word cloud of your past year’s status updates. It allows you to look at what’s been on your mind for the past year and in a word cloud. Do the words depict the image you want to portray?
Begin to take control of your digital footprint by,
Create a Google Profile – A Google Profile enables you to easily share your web content on one central location. You can include links to your blog, online photos, and other profiles such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and more. You have control over what others see. You can also allow people to find you more easily by enabling your profile to be searched by your name.
Connect with About.me or Flavors.me – This site allows users to establish their identity through creation of a free, one page summary of who you are including links to your choice of accounts: Facebook, Twitter, blog, website, and more.
Comment on blogs and in discussion forums - Comment critically on social media sites discussing issues of importance to you. Include your name and, if applicable, your Twitter name, web site, or blog. As your comment may appear in a related Web search, it lets people know what your values and beliefs concerning topics of importance.
Join Twitter- Your tweets, replies, and profile information provide information about you. Even the people you follow become part of your digital footprint.
Join Google+ - Google Circles are groups of friends you organize by topic: Friends, Family, Colleagues, Business Associates, etc. “Circles” groups your contacts together. From your Circles page, drag and drop contacts into each of these groups, which makes it easier to share what you want with them. Who your friends are and what you discuss with them adds to your digital footprint.
Respect Intellectual Property – To be socially and ethically responsible, students should also be digital 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.
There are laws that have serious consequences for any children that bully another child online. A criminal record may result. There have been children that have ended their precious lives because of online bullying. Inform students that if they are being bullied, to TELL SOMEONE! Because email and texting is less personal, people tend to say things on email or text that they would never say in person. It is also imperative for students to not partake in cyberbulling by forwarding anything that speaks poorly about someone else! For more information on cyber safety, please see www.cyber-safety.com.
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.
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.
BibMe - 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.
Databases - Many databases offer the ability to format citations, usually as part of the print/save/email function, or in a “cite this article” link
Microsoft Word - Automatically generate a bibliography based on the source information students provide for the document. The online tutorial may be of assistance.
Zotero - Free, open source utility that works in the Firefox browser to help users collect, manage and cite sources.