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Aggrandizing DigCit:

It is more than just “DON’T”s

Brian Whitson (@scibri)

North Rowan High School, Rowan-Salisbury Schools

North Carolina Virtual Public School;

980-643-0987 (Mobile & Text)

Why Digital Citizenship?

Go to the Padlet - and answer the following questions:

  • What is Digital Citizenship?
  • Why is Digital Citizenship important?

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What is Digital Citizenship (Dig Cit)?

Digital Citizenship is best defined as the “rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and … acting … in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.” (ISTE Standards for Students)

How do students experience and practice Digital Citizenship in your school?

Let’s share our stories and experiences.

Discussion on how DigCit is currently taught in school. Collect data if possible.

The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship

by Sylvia Duckworth based on the work of Mike Ribble

New Approaches To Dig Cit

At the heart of effective Dig Cit is the desire to create experiences that cause our students to be positive, productive individuals who use digital media in ways that build and uplift others while using technology responsibly and effectively.

With the proliferation of devices and our ever “connectedness,” we must teach our students how to manage their devices and experiences online instead of letting their devices and experiences manage them and their behaviors.

New Approaches To Dig Cit

Who or what impacts how students use digital devices and applications?

How do students learn how to be digital citizens?

How do we assess if students really are good digital citizens?

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New Approaches To Dig Cit

“It takes a whole village to raise a child” - Nigerian Proverb

A strong approach to Digital Citizenship is best supported by the school, parents, and greater community

A Key Practice is a MENTORSHIP

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A Mentorship Approach to Digital Citizenship

In order to aggrandize digital citizenship, we must work to influence and impact behaviors and actions to create desired outcomes.

In other words, we need to model and advise students on how to be good digital citizens who make the world a better place.

We” refers to teachers, administrators, fellow students, parents, older relatives, community members, and other influential individuals in the lives of our students.

In what ways can we


students with

digital citizenship?

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Ways To Mentor Digital Citizenship

  • Interactive Sessions
    • Example - Dr. Kristen Mattson Bell Ringers
  • Create Artistic Representations (drawings, graphics, etc) that illustrate students’ relationship with technology and digital life
  • Hack Learning Standards and rewrite to cover digital citizenship
    • Social Studies standards of citizenship or character education are easily transformed into dig cit standards
  • Train teachers on Dig Cit and work with them to integrate it into class lessons
    • Citing Sources, giving credit to appropriate sources
  • Develop sessions for parents and other stakeholders to learn about Dig Cit
    • Parent Night (partner with PTA, etc)
  • Develop resources and key practices to share with parents and stakeholders on school website, newsletter, etc
  • Develop a Dig Cit Plan and Vision for your school and use it to drive Dig Cit lessons

Ways To Mentor Digital Citizenship

  • Model appropriate online interactions
    • Have students complete a forum and stress the type of desired behavior
    • Examples of effective and ineffective discussion forums
      • Sentence Frames (Dr. Kristen Mattson)
  • Provide students with the opportunity to create a digital voice and presence
    • Blogging
    • Social Media
  • Stress EMPATHY in digital interactions
  • Create a student leadership team for Dig Cit
  • Share stories of students who are doing great and productive things with social media
  • Share the importance of Laws, Rules, and Best Practices
  • Promote Digital Citizenship as a life skill
  • Be open, honest, and authentic with students about the digital world


  • Discussion Cards for Students (courtesy of Dr. Kristen Mattson)
  • Six Pillars of Discussions Cards (courtesy of Parlay)
  • Student Creation of Online Resume / Portfolio
  • Student control of Social Media Accounts
  • Student Voice Options
    • Flipgrid
    • Blogging

Moving from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership

by Sylvia Duckworth & Jennifer CasaTodd

What Can We Do As Educators?

Educators play a keystone role in Dig Cit.

Form a PLN on twitter (#digcit) or other social media accounts.

Subscribe to prominent DigCit experts blogs (Dr. Kristen Mattson, Jennifer Casa Todd, etc).

Identify and use Dig Cit resources.

Reflection / Next Steps

Consider what you have learned today and experienced.

How will you create meaningful digital citizenship experiences for your students this year?

Express your ideas using Twitter (tag #DigCit and @scibri) , FlipGrid (PW: DigCit2018)


Dr. Kristen Mattson: “Digital Citizenship in Action: Empowering Students to Engage in Online Communities,” 2017 (@DrKMattson)

Jennifer Casa-Todd: “Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership,” 2017 (@JCasaTodd)

Mike Ribble: “Digital Citizenship in Schools,” 3rd Edition, 2015


Dr. Devorah Heitner: “Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World,” 2016 (@DevorahHeitner)

Susan Bearden: “Digital Citizenship: A Community Based Approach,” 2016 (@s_bearden)

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