The killer “apps” of tomorrow’s mobile info-com industry won’t be hardware devices or software programs but social practices. The most far-reaching changes will come, as they often do, from the kinds of relationships, enterprises, communities and markets that the infrastructure makes possible.
Using technology in the 21st century isn’t just about using technology. It is about practicing communication, collaboration, information literacy, respect, decency and caution. As we teach students how to post a blog, we must also teach them about their digital footprint and about how that post might be read by a friend, a stranger or a potential employer. Chapter Five of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, provides a path to “Enlightened Digital Citizenship” that asks readers to consider five areas of awareness (technical, individual, social, cultural and global) in sync with four “rays” of understanding (safety, privacy, copyright, fair use, and legal compliance, literacy and fluency, habits of learning, and etiquette and respect).
In what ways have you successfully guided students down this path of digital enlightenment? What comments in the book made you rethink how you’ve handled digital citizenship, or gave you ideas for future lessons? Please add your comment below!