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Using Digital Technologies: Digital Citizenship

This support material is incorporated into critical challenges at grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12; however, it can be adapted for use at all grade levels.

"Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers and technology leaders understand what students should know to use technology appropriately. But Digital Citizenship is more that just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students for a society full of technology... [and] what is considered appropriate technology usage."

––Dr. Mike Ribble

Using technology appropriately
Digital citizenship encompasses:

  • proper ways to use digital technologies such as e-mail, a cell phone and instant messaging
  • understanding the rules, rights, responsibilities and etiquette when using digital communication technologies
  • understanding the precautions that need to be taken to guarantee cybersecurity and cybersafety, such as safe online surfing and protecting personal and network security.

Asking for copyright permission
If permission for use of content on the Web site is not specifically stated, it is important to ask permission from the copyright holder before using, reproducing or altering content, including images and quotes.

Citing references
When using content from another source, you must give credit or provide attribution to the copyright holder of the content. Attribution should also be included in the bibliography of the project or adjacent to the content being used.
To find the information needed for the image citation:

  • right-click on the image
  • click on Properties
  • copy the address (URL).

Use the properties to create the citation. Use the following format: name of image, Web site location, year image was created, URL of image and date the image was saved.

There are several Web portals that provide space for those interested in sharing and building on the creative work of others (images, music, video). Images found in these Web sites, such as Creative Commons and Flickr, have varying levels of free licenses so that "others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof."

For additional Web sites on digital citizenship and copyright, see References.

References

Title: Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship
Host: Dr. Mike Ribble
Description: Norms of appropriate and responsible behaviour with regard to technology use.
URL: http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html

 

Title: 'Net Know-How
Host: 2Learn Education Society
Description: Suggestions and resources that address digital citizenship.
URL: http://www.netknowhow.ca/

 

Title: Tips for Safe Internet Use
Host: Alberta Education
Description: Guidelines to help reduce the risks associated with students' Internet use.
URL: http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/resources/internettips.aspx

 

Title: Media Smarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy
Host:

Media Awareness Network

Description:

Teaching units and classroom activities for media education.

URL: http://mediasmarts.ca/teacher-resources/find-lesson

 

Title: Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship
Host: Alberta Education
Description:

List of Internet safety resources.

URL: http://education.alberta.ca/admin/technology/standards/internetsafety.aspx

 

Title: Finding and Using Online Images – Images and Copyright
Host: Simon Fraser University
Description: Article that provides clear guidelines on when copyright permission must be obtained.
URL: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/publication-types/online-images#copyright

 

Title: Citation Checker @ Kids Love 2Learn.ca
Host: 2Learn.ca Education Society
Description: This Web site helps students locate where they found information on the Web.
URL: http://www.2learn.ca/kids/backpack/kidscitation.html

 

Title: 2Learn.ca for Teens Citation Checker
Host: 2Learn.ca Education Society
Description: This Web site helps students locate where they found information on the Web.
URL: http://www.2learn.ca/teens/locker/2ltcitation.html

 

Title: Permission Template – Student
Host: The Landmark Project
Description: This Web site provides a permission request template that can be used to request permission from the author to use content taken from a Web site.
URL: http://landmark-project.com/permission_student.php

 

Title: Permission Template – Teacher
Host: The Landmark Project
Description: This Web site provides a permission request template that can be used to request permission from the author to use content taken from a Web site.
URL: http://landmark-project.com/permission1.php

 

Title: Creative Commons
Host:

Creative Commons Canada

Description: This Web portal provides space for those interested in sharing and building on the creative work of others.
URL: http://creativecommons.ca/index.php?p=explained

 

Title: flickr
Host: flickr
Description: This Web site is an online photo management and sharing application for those interested in sharing and building on the creative work of others.
URL: http://www.flickr.com/

 

Title: Wikimedia Commons
Host: MediaWiki
Description: This Web site is an online photo management and sharing application for those interested in sharing and building on the creative work of others.
URL: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

 

Title: PD Photo
Host: PDPhoto.org
Description: This Web site is an online photo management and sharing application for those interested in sharing and building on the creative work of others.
URL: http://www.pdphoto.org/

Credits

Adapted from Critical Challenges Across the Curriculum series.  Permission granted by The Critical Thinking Consortium for use by Alberta teachers.

Last updated: July 1, 2014 | (Revision History)
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