Introducing Digital Citizenship to High School Teachers Using Activities with Information Technologies

ID: 54140 Type: Full Paper
  1. Stephen Adams, California State University, Long Beach, United States
  2. Lesley Farmer, California State University, Long Beach, USA, United States
  3. Fabian Rojas, California State University, Long Beach USA, and Centro de Investigación y Docencia en Educación, Costa Rica

Tuesday, March 19 10:45 AM-11:15 AM

Presider:
Alison Egan, Marino Institute of Education, Ireland

Digital citizenship is a multi-faceted topic that involves the responsible use of technology in a community. This paper discusses a variety of strategies for introducing digital citizenship. It gives examples of two particular strategies: teacher-created digital podcasts on digital citizenship for use in their own classroom, and discussions using video posts to an electronic discussion board. The paper also presents a study of in-service high school teachers’ video discussions about digital citizenship as part of a graduate course. The study investigates the question, “Which aspects of digital citizenship are of greatest interest to teachers for use in their teaching as evidenced by their video discussions?” An analysis of 17 teachers’ video posts used Ribble's nine elements of digital citizenship as a framework. Teachers most frequently expressed interest aspects of digital citizenship related to security, literacy, and etiquette, and emphasized the importance of these topics to their teaching.

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