Digital Citizenship & Literacy

Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy are my twin passions! Digital Citizenship has many definitions and is often thought of in terms of cyber bullying, but there is so much more to it than that! From “the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use” to “being safe, savvy, and ethical online,” digital citizenship encompasses a wide range of attitudes and behaviors that are essential for living in today’s world.

I will serve as the co-chair of ISTE’s Digital Citizenship PLN for 2017. Julie Paddock, my co-chair, and I are committed to promoting a “#DigCit State of Mind,” as opposed to presenting digital citizenship as a separate curriculum.

I am an associate of the Digital Citizenship Institute and was thrilled to be a panelist at the 2nd annual #digcitsummit in San Francisco in October 2016. See this link for more info about the Summit, and you can watch the Media Literacy panel here:


Improving Digital Literacy Through Student-Created Content is a project that Lamar University’s graduate program in Digital Learning and Leading has enabled me to bring to life. CLICK is a developing website of student-created technology tips that allows students to learn and practice digital literacy and digital citizenship through the creation and viewing of the content.

Join me in addressing digital citizenship and digital literacy in your situation and becoming a digital culture change agent! Our students deserve nothing less.

Some of my blog posts about digital citizenship (these are my favorites):

Getting Sneaky About Digital Citizenship
Digital Citizenship as Standard Operating Procedure
#DigCitSnaps, Anyone?

Additional food for thought on digital  citizenship and literacy:

20 Things Educators Need to Know about Digital Literacy Skills

21 Things for Teachers: Digital Citizenship

63 Things Every Student Should Know in a Digital World

Cultivating a #DigCit State of Mind (resources from our #ISTE17 presentation)


Digital Literacy is About Power and Privilege

Digital Literacy and “Fake News”: Resources to Help You Help Your Students

Digital Citizenship Summit  (thrilled to have served on a panel in San Francisco!)

Digital Citizenship Open Access Course

Digital Citizenship Resources for Parents

How to Take Digital Citizenship Schoolwide During the 2016-17 School Year

Internet Safety Education: 10 Questions Parents Should Be Asking

Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both

Making Digital Citizenship a Verb

Seeking the Best Antidote to the Pestilence of Internet Trolls

Using Edtech to Create Digital Citizens

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

Why Donald Trump is Making it Hard to Teach Digital Citizenship

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Susan Bearden
Curran Central
(mother-and-son Twitter account)
Marialice Curran

Diana Graber
Jason Ohler
David Ryan Polgar
Mike Ribble
Jennifer Scheffer

DigCit Summit
ISTE Digital Citizen


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