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ERIC Number: EJ904288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Passport to Digital Citizenship: Journey toward Appropriate Technology Use at School and at Home
Ribble, Mike
Learning & Leading with Technology, v36 n4 p14-17 Dec 2008-Jan 2009
Technology has changed people's lives. In fewer than 30 years, people have gone from barely hearing about cell phones, laptops, and MP3 players to almost not being able to live without them. Digital citizenship describes the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. In this article, the author presents nine elements that are key to the concept of digital citizenship. These nine elements create a foundation for helping to educate children on the issues that face them in an increasingly technological world. They provide a good launching point for users, but they are only the beginning. They are not enough to prepare children to live, work, and play in this new digital society. What is also needed is a process for implementing these ideas into their daily lives. All technology users need help deciding what to do with the information when they look at a new technology (or even one that they have worked with for years). That is why the four-stage cycle of technology integration discussed in this article was created. This cycle helps users to begin focusing on their actions when using technology and reflecting on what they are doing correctly as well as what they need to work on. The four stages in the reflection model are intended to enhance understanding of digital citizenship. The author provides some directions for how each stage should be discussed and implemented.
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Language: English
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