Essential question(s): When we deconstruct the area of inquiry known as digital citizenship, what are its constituent parts? How do they interrelate? Which of the elements are most important and most relevant to you in your professional practice?
Here are the 9 elements of digital citizenship according to Mike Ribble:
1: Digital Access-full electronic participation in society 2: Digital commerce-The electronic buying and selling of goods 3: Digital communication-The electronic exchange of information 4: Digital Literacy-The process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology 5: Digital etiquette-The electronic standards of conduct or procedure 6: Digital Law- The electronic responsibility for actions and deeds 7: Digital rights and responsibilities-Those requirements and freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world 8: Digital health and Wellness-Physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world 9: Digital Security-The electronic precautions to guarantee safety
Out of all 9 elements, I believe digital etiquette is the most important and relevant to the students I teach.
Josie talked about the Golden Rule, “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” I believe this is similar to a saying that I have taken up on this year "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all." For me this was a huge indicator that etiquette might be the most important for my classes. If students cannot use etiquette in the classroom, then how could we possibly expect them to use etiquette in the digital world?
Rochelle talked about relating to me and me and you. I really liked what she said here:
Each of these components have two viewpoints; Me and Me and You. This distinction, of self and others, is at the heart of the Dr. Ribble’s work and really at the heart of making digital citizenship effective. The Me encompasses personal boundaries, self-presentation, personal age appropriateness and so forth. The Me and You includes protecting the personal boundaries of others, understanding how others perceive you and understanding the culture of the communities you engage.
To me this made a lot of sense and really helped to give me a way to explain to classes what is expected of them. I believe most students understand the me portion but if there is a struggle it will be with the me and you portion. For students to understand the me and you portion they have to have empathy, to be able to feel what others feel. In my one class that really lacks empathy, I have struggled with how I can reach these students to help them develop empathy in real life. In my opinion, they will never develop good digital citizenship until they can grasp what it means to have good citizenship in real life. In my post this week I was already on the thought of working with this class and coming up with what I could do. "I wonder if using a technology analogy would help. Maybe I could have the students brainstorm texting or email scenarios and they could right out their response. Then maybe peers could give feedback on their responses. Skills without technology seems to be very much related to skills with technology. Students just need a way to relate the 2 together to realize that they are similar." I still think this is a great example but I will try to add in the me and the me and you to really get the point across.