When I first started reading about Digital Citizenship I thought it would be interesting to look at sources from the beginning and then finish with a more recent source. I started looking through sources and finally found one that caught my eye. This source was written in 2004 so the way certain aspects of technology is discussed is very different than to today. Here is the link to the source: https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ695788.pdf .
The first thing I noticed when reading this article was that the definition they provided for Digital Citizenship was a bit different than my own. The main gist of their definition had to do with online behavior. To me digital citizenship has a lot more to do with how we use technology to make the world a better place. This source mainly served as a guide to all of the ways that students/people use the internet wrongly. This seemed like a really negative to way to spin Digital citizenship and I think that technology should be looked at as a tool as opposed to a hindrance. With these thoughts in mind I started to look for other newer sources hoping that they shared some of the same options as me.
The second source I found was from 2015 http://www.cnets.iste.org/images/excerpts/DIGCIT-excerpt.pdf. This source was similar to the first in that it mainly discussed appropriate and inappropriate online behavior. I think that these aspects are important but shouldn’t always be the main focus. Some of the things that were discussed in this article were how cell phones can become a distraction in the classroom setting. I agree that this in some cases can be true but I think that they can also be used as a tool. The article talked about this briefly but they didn’t really mention any ideas for how to use cell phones to enhance learning. Overall I thought that this article was a little bit more relevant than the first article but it was still lacking some important ideas.
The final source I found was an online discussion given by Richard Culatta from 2018. Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwKTYHBG5kk Since this source was the most recent I was hopeful that it would share more insight to today than the others. The title was also “Rethinking digital citizenship” so it sounded interesting. In his speech, Richard Culatta, discusses how a lot of educators confuse digital citizenship and online safety. Online safety has to do with appropriate and inappropriate behavior where as digital citizenship has to do with respectful engagement and shaping policy. This resonated with me because this is also how I view digital citizenship. The next thing he discussed was how digital citizenship should be viewed as a list of dos and donts. I also liked this idea because prior to listening to his talk a lot of what I had read about digital citizenship presented a list of donts. The final important point that Culatta made was that context matters meaning if educators only teach digital citizenship in certain contexts we shouldn’t be surprised if student behavior changes outside of those boundaries. One example he gave was the difference between commenting on a blog versus commenting on social media. Respectful engagement won’t happen in both unless we actively teach it in both.
Each of the three sources provided insightful knowledge. In the earlier sources digital citizenship was framed in a different way than we would view it today. I think overtime digital citizenship has evolved and that is apparent when contrasting these sources. So in the first two sources I would say the core of digital citizenship is missing. These sources served more as guides to online safety. The third source covered this idea in more detail. The two earlier sources serve as great guides to online safety and could be useful in certain classroom contexts. I think that it is really important that students know how to be safe online but after a certain point it shouldn’t be the full focus of our digital presence.
Overall, I would say that all three sources contribute something to the discussion of digital citizenship. I think that it is helpful to look back on where we started to better understand where we are today. There was helpful advice presented in all three sources but I think the third source would be the one that I would use the most. I also created an aspects of digital citizenship pdf in order to more fully summarize what I learned.
It is linked here: