Monday, February 13, 2017

Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship


"Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills" from the American Library Association's digital-literacy task force. It is not just about reading text online; it  also refers to content creation. That includes writing in digital formats such as email, blogs, and Tweets, as well as creating other forms of media, such as videos and podcasts.


Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. We decided to focus on digital literacy and citizenship in our February 13, 2017 #plearnchat, because of how important these skills are for all learners and their future.  We asked six questions using the Q1, A1 format:



We had an amazing group of educators who not only shared their expertise around digital literacy and citizenship, they shared graphic, infographics, videos and stories. 








Mike Mohammad ‏@Mo_physics 

"As we allow learners to find sources not prescribed, they need to be able to evaluate the reliability of sources."

Angela Peery ‏@drangelapeery

"Lead them to respected sources, not just anyone's blog or slanted 'news' sources."



Michala Cardwell@CardwellTeachMe

"I want students to seek and read multiple sources, compare, contrast, & synthesize what they glean. Learners need to conceptualize."

Jeremy Bond ‏@JeremyDBond 

"Whether you're responsible or not may forever be online for everyone to see. Be civil, express appropriately, share wisely."

Kami for Schools ‏@KamiSchools

"Can be very tough, but IMO just takes practice. Kids will learn to identify fake news + help by using fact checkers (snopes)."

Michael Weinraub ‏@mweinraub87

"So much depends on developmental level, but educators should stress creativity & learning as much as safety & security."

Pam Hubler ‏@specialtechie

"I like telling real stories about how bad online decisions & consequences. Students discuss what they should have done."

Kathy Renfrew @KRScienceLady

"Learners need to know how to speak online, very different that being face to face where you can smile, see body language."


LemarrTreadwell M.Ed ‏@LemarrTreadwell

"What do learners need to know about responsible digital citizenship? Ss/Ps need to understand about their Digital Footprint."

Meredith Johnson ‏@mjjohnson1216

"As educators, with frequent use of Twitter, do you ever think about the digital footprint you are leaving?"



Congratulations to Arina Bokas, @arinabokas, who won our book, How to Personalize Learning


Arina Bokas is the author of Building Powerful Learning Environments: From Schools to Communities (2017) and dozens of education- related publications for #ASCD, Education Week, Huffington Post, Getting Smart, and other entities. She offers educational consulting and works as the editor of Kids’ Standard Magazine and a faculty member at Mott Community College, Flint, MI, along with serving on Michigan PTA Leadership Development Committee. In the last two years, she produced education television series, The Future of Learning, and moderated #MichEd and #HackLearning chats on partnering with families.
Website: cultureofpartnerships.com 

"I compare plagiarism to intelligence theft. Students tend to understand the concept better."
"Students need to understand complexity of truth. There are many true sides. Much depends on perspectives. Consider a few of them."




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Save the Date, Monday, March 13th (4 weeks) for our next #plearnchat

4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST, and 7pm EST


Topic: ESSA, UDL, and Personalized, Competency-Based Education

Hosted by Kathleen McClaskey, @khmmc



We archived the entire #plearnchat about Digital Literacy and Citizenship below for your convenience and as a resource.



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