Digital ID (I Do!) - Welcome Students and Teachers!

As upstanding “Citizens," we need to participate positively in our physical communities - our schools, neighborhoods, cities, states, countries and the world. Likewise, as exemplary “Digital Citizens," we must learn how to participate positively in a variety of digital/cyber/online communities. It is only by developing a clear sense of both our rights and our responsibilities that we can become fully engaged, contributing "Citizens" of all the communities in which we find ourselves. ~ Natalie Bernasconi & Gail Desler
  • For our purposes, we define digital |ˈdijitl| (adjective) as of,relating to, or characteristic of electronic information and media,including computers, the Internet, and cellular networks and other mobile technologies.
  • We define citizen |ˈsitizən; -sən| (noun) as a participating member of a community, with certain citizen’s rights and responsibilities.
We've created the Digital ID wiki with a two-fold purpose:
  • Provide students, teachers, and administrators with a toolkit of reliable information, resources, and guidelines to help all of us learn how to be upstanding Digital Citizens who maintain a healthy Digital Identity (ID) in the 21st Century.
  • Build a collaborative platform for teachers and students the world over to contribute to our ever-growing curriculum collaborations and student-created content.

Our goal is to help our students answer these three Essential Questions:
  • What does it mean to be a (digital) citizen?
  • What are my rights as a citizen?
  • What are my responsibilities as a citizen?

Students Objectives and Learning Outcomes:
  • Stepping Up ~ Cyberbullying: By examining bullying within their own lives and across historical events and time periods, students will consider the importance of empathy as a 21st century skill, equally as important as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and skilled communication.
  • Building Identities ~ Digital Footprint: By examining the importance of maintaining a positive digital identity, students will learn how to employ self-regulation to manage their own digital footprint.
  • Respecting Boundaries ~ Intellectual Property: By employing critical thinking, students will learn the ethical use of intellectual property.
  • Protecting Online Security and Privacy: By studying common threats to electronic security and equipment, students will learn to protect themselves and sensitive information.

For a quick introduction to the overall project, please join us on our 2-minute video tour:

Our “toolkit” is organized across these 16+ different sections (see Sidebar links). Below we've listed a snapshot of each page.

Teachers - We invite you and your students to help us build an even richer collection of resources, strategies, and lessons that cross grade levels and subject areas, with the common thread of empowering students as digital citizens.

Launching Pad: For a simple overview of the Digital ID project, we've created a Prezi with the main highlights. Principals, this would be great to use to introduce your teachers to this project. Likewise, teachers, you will find it an excellent tool to kick off your Digital Citizenship unit or theme: Digital ID online presentation (Prezi) and the Call to Action Script (also available in Spanish or English & Spanish). If you would like a structured option for rolling out your digital citizenship program, we've created a Digital ID Road Map.

Sign our Digital ID Guest Book!
You can use this form just to let us know you visited our site, and/or to sign up for email notifications when we add any significant new resources or post updates on events happening through this wiki.

Note: This wiki is open to all for viewing, with an invitation to download and tweak any of the resources we have developed. It is not necessary to join the wiki in order to have access to the pages. If you would also like to contribute resources, please click on the Join link at the top of the sidebar.

Two more News Flashes:

ourbook.pngWe’re very proud to announce the publication of Solution Tree’s Using Technology to Enhance Writing. We’d like to acknowledge Troy Hicks for encouraging us to submit a chapter on digital citizenship and to our editors for recognizing that a publication on digital writing should have as its opening chapter: Driving Without a License: Digital Writing Without Digital Citizenship.

"Digital citizenship is the foundation for digital writing." Solution Tree Press, 2014

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