Digital Citizenship

Tony Wagner discusses seven skills students need for their future. They relate to Digital Citizenship in these different ways:

1) Critical and Problem Solving – By being part of the world and the information which is available to anyone on the web, this skill is one of the NETS standards which helps students do identify problems and questions to research, analyze data, making informed decisions and thinking about possible alternative solutions.

2) Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence – By working with the best people for a job, around the world, from different cultures, races, religions, and can have different ethics.  The NETS standards have collaboration as a skill which each student needs to possess by having global awareness and engaging with other learners from other cultures.

3) Agility and Adaptability – By being flexible and able to adapt to new situations and issues presented.  The information which is available at any time of the day or night is constantly changing.  This generation is able to go with the flow because it is all they known about their world.  NETS standards has this skill under digital citizenship in the form of being about to have positive attitude towards using technology which supports learning and productivity.

4) Initiate and Entrepreneurialism – This skill does not relate to Digital Citizenship in a direct manner.  It is more along the line of using technology to develop commerce and ways in which to promote oneself in today’s market place.  NETS standards do not reflect this skill.

5) Affective Oral Communication – This could be in conflict with Digital Citizenship because it is an oral or verbal form of communication.  NETS standards has a requirement for students using the digital media to express their thoughts and ideas effectively.  They need to be able to contribute to project teams to come up with original works and also be able to solve problems.

6) Access and Analyzing Information – By being able to get to the information needed and knowing how to access the different features available on software programs.  Having the ability to look at the data and pick out the information desired to answer the questions asked.  NETS standards have analyzing information under the heading of research and information fluency.  Students should be able to apply digital tools for the purpose of gathering, evaluation and how to use the information.  Also under technology operations and concepts the students can show a “sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations.”

7) Curiosity and Imagination – This does not relate directly to Digital Citizenship.  NETS standards has it under the creativity and innovation section.   Students can show curiosity by their creative thinking and developing exciting new products and processes using technology.

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About Jan Rue

Hi, I am a graduate student at Western Oregon University working towards a masters in teaching with an endorsement in reading. I am not currently teaching but hope to be able to teach in the elementary level.
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