19 January 2013

Digital Celebrations in February 2013


February will be celebrating both Digital Learning Day and Safer Internet Day. Both deserve to be observed and mentioned in classrooms, for it is by raising awareness to learners, by bringing out questions, issues and sensitive topics such as cyberbullying, that students become more confident to raise their voices and become informed digital citizens. Today, it is not only about being a digital citizen - it is about being an informed citizen. 




Both digital learning and digital safety are, in my mind, closely related to digital literacies - a component which should be embedded in any curriculum today, for learners today are the professionals of tomorrow.

 Terry Heick points out 4 main principles in regard to digital literacy: Comprehension, Interdependence, Social Factors, and
Curation.

These may seem incomplete compared to many others who have tried to establish what in their mind constitutes digital literacy.  However, if once accepts that digital literacies are the ability to make sense of digital media, regardless of how one phrases the principles or areas of understanding, the fact is that digital literacies are intricately related to being a digital citizen.

Throughout this blog you can find more posts and resources regarding digital safety:

 Games for Digital Safety,

You, Me and Social Networks,

Another Dimension of Digital Literacies,  

Celebrating Digital Learning and Digital Safety,

Sharing Change and Digital Responsibility, 

Cyber-bullying and Learning

Be Safe

Be Safe, Be Cool

Internet Safety Day - 2011


Digital decisions differ. Digital decisions remain longer than any others.



21t4s 6cybersafety IntroPage from Carolyn McCarthy on Vimeo.


A Thin Line is a great site for teens, while Kim Rehagen has an excellent compilation on Internet Safety for younger learners. (K12)

21 Things 4 Students also has resources which are engaging and fun, challenging students to take on different kinds of missions such as identity protection and building a cyber-shield.

Also of interest for young learners is Digital Citizenship k-6 - with games, videos, activities and notes for teachers.








How will you be celebrating these digital days?


Further Resources:

Best Practices for Digital Citizenship - a great poster by Edmodo

Cable in the Classroom

Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup by Edutopia

Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum

iKeep Safe

Own Your Space- Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online" Digital Book for Teens by Linda McCarthy

55 Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship  by Jacqui Morray

How to Boost Your Phishing Scam Detection Skills



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