November 2013: Digital Citizenship

Supporting Digital Citizenship with icurio

Ensuring students are good digital citizens at home and school can be easy with the right resources. icurio can help you and your students quickly understand the basics of good digital behavior, potential areas for misuse, and how technology can make our lives both richer and more challenging.

What exactly is digital citizenship, and how can we help our students become responsible digital citizens?

“Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.” ( www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html)

The ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for students and teachers address responsible use of technology, effective application of technology to support learning and how we get work done, and more.

Follow the directions below to discover the ISTE NETS related to digital citizenship, and to find icurio content related to those objectives.

1. Click on the Standards tab and Select ISTE NETS

2. Then select ISTE ISTE NETS for Students ⇨ National Educational Technology Standards for Students – 2007 ⇨ (Select the appropriate grade level range, and you will be presented with the Standards or Indicators for those grades.)

3. Continue drilling down through the standards until you reach a place where you see associated topics. Click on the topic of your choice to access content that has been aligned to that topic. If you don’t see a topic that interests you, you can enter a keyword of your own in the search box at the bottom of the page.

When does inappropriate online behavior cross the line and become cyberbullying, and what can you do about it?

“Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.” ( www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbulling/)

It’s important for students to understand online etiquette and consider the emotional, spiritual and, at times, potentially criminal implications of their online behavior. As the number of documented cases of cyberbullying has increased in recent years, a wide variety of resources have been created for educators to help you teach your students how to avoid being a cyberbully and how to appropriately report activity of this nature.

icurio has a variety of excellent resources you can use to teach your students about cyberbullying. On the Discover tab in icurio, enter cyberbullying as your Search term to check out these awesome resources!

What are the possibilities and potential pitfalls of using digital media in our socially connected culture? How can we help our students become responsible digital citizens?

You will find the answers to these questions, along with a plethora of additional resources on digital citizenship, by selecting theMy Content tab in icurio, then selecting the Curios tab, and exploring the content in the Digital Citizenship Resources folder that our content curators created just for you!

Additional Information on Digital Citizenship

To find out even more about Digital Citizenship, you can discover on your own in icurio by entering any of these keywords in the Search box while in the Discovertab: digital citizenship, online safety, digital etiquette. You can refine your content results to your specific subject area, grade level and more!

Review the Basics in icurio

In case you are curious about how icurio works and would like a refresher, you can watch our video tutorial, Quickly Find Content and Activities to review the basics.


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