Tomorrow, I am attending a workshop, the objective of which is to develop a curriculum focused upon digital citizenship. I have been pondering digital citizenship and social media the last few days. This evening I brought together some of the relevant articles that I have read and tagged on the topic in the past, both recently and further back in time. This process resulted in this post.
Curating digital citizenship through education
During the last seven years I have been teaching educators how to establish a web presence and establish blogs. During that time it has become obvious to me that one of the most effective ways to teach digital citizenship is through the exemplary use of social media by educators themselves. It seems to be a logical adjunct to the suite of tools that educators can deploy to share the attributes and benefits of digital citizenship.
If you are going to teach someone to drive a car you should learn how to drive a car as well, eh?
Digital citizenship can be curated through education. Teachers and students can work together within the learning environment to acquire knowledge and skills in the effective management and application of the Internet. Through education the students can learn how the Internet can act as a tool to achieve outcomes that benefit themselves, their education and also the wider community. They can tap into the experiences and wisdom of the wider community. Digital citizenship can enable students to master the web.
Exemplary use of social media in education
As I conduct social media workshops I always share examples of exemplary use of social media by educators and students. The best examples of the application of social media in education can be found in Singapore. They are all the product of the pioneering and ongoing work of my friend Sivasothi, lecturer, biologist, cyclist and social media evangelist.
This site blends social media with community involvement. Teachers, students and the community are brought together and this site acts as the hub for all activity. As the site itself explains:
Toddycats! is meant to expose, develop, enthuse and apply individuals to programmes in conservation, education and research. The programme was originally meant to provide capacity building amongst undergraduates in NUS, and to provide them with an immediate means to contribute meaningfully towards the greater good of Singapore. The programme is now open to anyone who can fit our schedule, in the recognition that all you really need is enthusiasm and commitment!
This web site is an informative resource focused upon the staff and students in the biodiversity research focus group at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore. It connects students and staff with the community via their publications. As you explore the site it strikes you that the student blogs reach back to 2004 and other areas of web presence reach back to 1998. This resource and its associated organs have been in existence for more than 13 years. Think about it. More than 13 years. Take the time to explore the student blogs and sites.
There are many educators who are publishing excellent articles on the issue of social media in education and digital citizenship. They include Jenny Luca, Darcy Moore, Miguel Guhlin, Alec Couros, Vicki Davis, and researchers such as Danah Boyd. It is not always easy to keep up with all that they write and share concerning their experiences with teaching, learning, students and social media. Thank goodness for RSS feeds and RSS readers such as Google Reader or Reeder.
Benefiting the community
Digital citizenship can be vehicle that ensures the journey on the Internet is not only safe but also produces outcomes that benefits the community. Social media should be employed to create communities and not to tear them apart. Community should be the focus and not the individual.
Further reading on social media and digital citizenship
Listed below are a number of sites and articles that provide resources and food for thought on the topic of social media and digital citizenship.
Articles written about digital citizenship
- 5 Reasons Why Our Students Are Writing Blogs and Creating ePortfolios | Powerful Learning Practice
- Stop turning a blind eye! Media literacy in action.
- Blogging Lesson Plan- Online Safety
- Digital Media Literacy in Australia
- Blogging Lesson Plan- Online Safety
- Essential Skills for Today’s 21st Century Learner?!?
- Two Biggest Obstacles to Educational Innovation: Filters and Bans
- The Hashtag and the Citizen
- Sexting, the conversation we need to have
- Social content curation – a shift from the traditional
- Why are we legislating against the medium and not the behaviors?
- The Problem with Facebook Is Your Friends!
- 12 Reasons to Blog with Your Students
- Parent Summit Presentation – CyberSafety and Digital Citizenship
Related posts and pages
- Connections ~ Personal Learning Networks
- The Friday Follow Twitter Interviews with Educators from around the World
- What is Social Media?
- More Social Media Links
- More Social Media Articles
- Digital Citizenship
- Twitter Views & News
- Twitter Needs Faces
Education based social media sites
- Classroom 2.0
- Classroom 2.0 Diigo Group
- EdTechTalk Diigo Group
- History Exchange Diigo Group
- Alec Couros: Open Thinking ~ Open Course: Social Media & Open Education
- Jenny Luca: Lucacept
- David Warlick: CoLearners
- Wes Fryer: Moving At The Speed Of Creativity
- Kevin Lim: Theory Is The Reason
- Facebook Strategies For The Classroom
The Internet, Social Media, Privacy and Control
- The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook
- TED Talk: Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”
- Logging out of Facebook is not enough
- Facebook is scaring me
- Is Facebook killing your privacy? Some say it already has
- Facebook Fixes Logout Issue, Explains Cookies
- Facebook ignores European privacy laws: Max’s privacy war brings Facebook to heel
Published articles on the issue of Social Media in Education
- Educause 7 Things You Should Know About Privacy in Web 2.0 Learning Environments Download PDF
- Educause 7 Things You Should Know About Microblogging Download PDF
- Educause 7 Things You Should Know About Twitter Download PDF
- Educause 7 Things You Should Know About YouTube Download PDF
- Educause 7 Things You Should Know About Facebook Download PDF
- Miriam Firth Can Facebook Engage Students in Critical Analysis of Academic Theory? in Asian Journal on Education and Learning, 1(1), 10 – 19. Download PDF
- Graham Cormode, Balachander Krishnamurthy, Walter Willinger A Manifesto for Modeling and Measurement in Social Media Download PDF
- Caroline Lego Muñoz, Terri L. Towner Opening Facebook: How to Use Facebook in the College Classroom Download PDF
- Ellen S Hoffman Evaluating Social Networking Tools for Distance Learning Download PDF
- George Siemens Losing interest in social media: there is no there there
- Adi Aharon Building Relationships: Instructor Self Disclosure, Social Networking and Student Learning Download PDF
- Kevin Harris Using Facebook in the classroom Download PDF
- Mary Madden, Susannah Fox, Aaron Smith and Jessica Vitak Pew Internet Research: Digital Footprints – Online identity management and search in the age of transparency Download PDF
- Amanda Lenhart, Mary Madden Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks Download PDF
- Amanda Lenhart, Kristen Purcell, Aaron Smith, Kathryn Zickuhr Pew Internet Research: Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults Download PDF
- Reynol Junco The Need for Student Social Media Policies Download PDF
- Mary O’Rawe Can we be “friends”? Social networking and student engagement in an academic environment Download PDF
- C. Michael Sturgeon and Christin Walker Faculty on Facebook: Confirm or Deny? Download PDF
- Sacide Güzin Mazman, and Yasemin Koçak Usluel The Usage of Social Networks in Educational Context Download PDF
- Anthony Mayfield iCrossing eBook. What is social media? Download PDF
- Suraya Hamid, Shanton Chang and Sherah Kurnia Identifying the use of online social networking in higher education Download PDF
- Tracy Mitrano Identifying the use of online social networking in higher education Download PDF Download PPT
- National School Boards Association Creating & Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social and Educational Networking Download PDF
- Bernadette Rego A Teacher’s Guide to Using Facebook Download PDF
- Hendrik Huijser Exploring the educational potential of social networking sites: the fine line between exploiting opportunities and unwelcome imposition Download PDF
- Betty Bayer Social Networking for Teachers: To Facebook or Not to Facebook Download PDF
- Bill Ferriter Exploring Educational Conversations in Social Media Spaces Download PDF
- Danah Boyd Taken Out of Context American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics Download PDF
- Steve Wheeler: Causing Ripples
- Jenny Luca: Teenagers, Legal Risks and Social Networking Sites
- Vicki A. Davis: The Case for Digital Citizenship in Schools
- Vicki A. Davis: Facebook Friending 101 for Schools
- Darcy Moore: How To Use Social Media To Collaborate
- Darren Draper: Social Networking and Sustainable OER
- Larry Ferlazzo: A New “Must-Read” Blog — “Voices from the Learning Revolution”
- Steve Hargadon: Ugh. Classic Politics Now Extends to Social Networking in Education.
- Infinite Thinking Machine ~ Steve Hargadon: Live Interview with William Kist on the Socially Networked Classroom
- Instructify: Instructifeature: International classroom collaboration on the worldwide web
- Free Tech For Teachers ~ Richard Byrne: The Benefits of Social Media for Teachers
- Free Tech For Teachers ~ Steven W. Anderson: Twitter: Keeping Up With It All
- The Edublogger ~ Ronnie Burt: Reflections on teaching with blogs and open PD
- Yalsa Teens & Social Media in School & Public Libraries: A Toolkit for Librarians & Library Workers Download PDF
- Social Media Strategy Seven Things About Social Media That You’re Not Going to Learn in College View Slideshare
Educators write on the issue of Social Media in Education
- Educator’s Guide To Facebook
- Infographic ~ How college professors use Facebook
- Social Media In The Classroom
- Infographic ~ Social Media in Education
- Facebook For School Teachers
- Infographic: Is Social Media Ruining Students?
- Technology challenging society, education
- Social Media in the MBA Classroom
- Teachers and Blogging
- Teachers put in the picture on ‘screenagers’
- YouTube Beats Facebook & Twitter For Educational Social Video Potential
- Yes, Social Media Is Being Taught In The College Classroom
- Five Ways Silicon Valley is Changing Education
- Euronews: Social Media In The Classroom
- Teachers told not to friend students on Facebook
- MoE Social Media Education Talk: New Media Communications In The Classroom
- Social Media Gains More Relevance in Education: Pearson and Babson Survey
- New Survey Finds More than 90% of College Faculty Use Social in Media Workplace
- Social media infiltrates MSU classrooms
- Schools still not using technology effectively
- Rationale for Using Skype in the Classroom
- In World of Education Apps, Tech Owes Teachers Some Media Literacy
- Use social media technology to innovate the classroom
- Taking technology into the classroom
- Social Learning With Social Networking Tools Designed Just For Education
- Facebook In The Classroom. Seriously.