I was reminded today that any classroom instruction which may include online components and/or digital media should help foster appropriate digital citizenship in our students. We need to help students understand and practice safe, legal and responsible use of information and technology. This is especially important as we help students develop an online presence that glorifies God in all aspects of their digital footprint.
The new aspect that I hadn’t considered before, though, is to help students learn how to protect their own work, such as videos, audio, images or text, through a Creative Commons license. We need to include instruction on this and other aspects of copyright as we foster media literacy. The Creative Commons license-choosing tool is a good resource to help students practice this aspect of digital citizenship.
Saltman, D., (2011). Turning digital natives into digital citizens. Harvard Education Letter, 27(5). Accessed 9/19/2011 at http://www.hepg.org/hel/article/511.