Mrs. Cook's Corner

5. Digital Citizenship

Technology coaches model and promote digital citizenship.

ISTE Coaching Standard (2014)

Digital Citizenship has played an instrumental part of my job as a Digital Learning Coach this year. One of my jobs is to coach district librarians about Digital Citizenship. I am tasked with helping them design and teach lessons curated from Common Sense Media. In addition to working with librarians, I have been working to create digital citizenship best practices for our district-wide Teams roll-out.

The three books above are just a few that I have relied upon during this program to inform me about Digital Citizenship.

  • Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap by Carrie James was one of the first books that I read in my program. The real-life ethical dilemmas that James shares have stayed with me throughout the program and have taught me the importance of teaching students how interact with others online.
  • Digital Citizenship in Action by Kristen Mattson teaches us about participatory digital citizenship and gives us activities to complete in our spaces with our students as well as highlights educators that have transformed digital citizenship education.
  • Mike Ribble’s Digital Citizenship in Schools: Nine Elements All Students Should Know is a framework that he created to categorize the big ideas of digital citizenship. They are: Digital Access, Digital Commerce, Digital Communication, Digital Literacy, Digital Etiquette, Digital Law, Digital Rights and Responsibilities, Digital Health and Wellness, and finally Digital Security.
  • In addition to these books, Richard Culatta’s Rethinking Digital Citizenship video has been idea-changing for me. Just changing my lens from teaching the Do’s and not the Don’ts of Digital Citizenship has made a lot of sense to me.