Course Title: (#1753) 21st Century Skills: Cultivating Responsible and Discerning Digital Citizens
Audience: PK-12 Educators

Abstract: Today's students may have a fairly decent grasp of the "mechanics" of digital tools; however, they do not always understand the ethical and safety issues that are necessary in a digital world. Being able to sift through electronic information sources to find valid, reliable, and factual information may prove difficult. Educators will learn strategies to help students become independent learners who are able to apply discernment skills and practice ethical, safe behaviors while utilizing the vast number of electronic resources available in the digital world.
Objective: Participants will demonstrate analysis of discernment strategies needed and ethical challenges faced when interacting with digital tools by defining digital literacy and identifying valid resources.
Course Notes: Please bring your fully charged laptop.


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Digital Citizenship:
Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship are:

Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure
Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information
Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology
Digital Access: full electronic participation in society
Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods
Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world
Digital Health & Wellness: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world
Digital Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety

Do these apply to you? Absolutely. Because like it or not - we are all in the digital world both at work and at home.

In a digital world, the question is not whether you will leave a mark.
The question is,
"What kind of mark are you leaving?"

Find Out About Yourself!

123 People

White Pages

Douglas County Assessor

Nebraska State Patrol Sex Offender Registry (Let's Hope Not...)

State of Nebraska Voter Information


If you post something, whether it’s a comment, blog post, wall message, or photo… someone will see it. Anything you post to the web can be used to help you, and anything you post to the web could be used to hurt you. Don’t post photos of yourself that would be embarrassing to you tomorrow. Or 10 years from now. Also remember that online comments can be printed. If you don’t want someone to read it, don’t post it.

If You Can Find Out About You - Who Else Can?

"Online tools really aren't free. We pay for them with micropayments of personal information." Greg Conti

Tracking Theresa
How hard is is to track children online in a Chat Room situation? The answer: very, very easy. - You Tube Video

Everybody Knows Your Name
If you don't want EVERYBODY to see it, don't post it. - You Tube Video

The Whole World (Wide Web) is Watching
Cautionary tales from the 'what-were-you-thinking' department. - NEA Article

Drunken Pirate Outcome
A federal judge has ruled against a former student who sued Millersville University of Pennsylvania for denying her a degree in education in connection with an online photo of her drinking.

What Google Knows About You
Google may know more about you than your mother does. Got a problem with that? - Article from Computerworld.

How Do We Explain it to Our Students?

Digital Citizenship and Creative Content - Teachers Guides

Google Safety Center Videos

My FootprintSD


OnGuard Online

Woogi World

Social Networking and Educators

'Friending' Students Can Be Risky

A Nebraska school superintendent said he regrets recently posting a remark about thong underwear on the Facebook page of a 19-year-old former student whom he described as a friend.

Millard policy: Do not 'friend' student on Social Networking Sites. Period.

Facebook Faux Pas Leads to Teacher Losing Job

Settlement Reached in Teacher's Stripper Photo Suspension

More from What in the World Were You Thinking - Social Media is Not Private!
Facebook is certainly not the venue to make negative comments about your students. Keep it positive - or don't post!