Olivia Van Ledtje, just now 12, tells the story of giving a talk in a western Massachusetts elementary school auditorium that was packed with students and teachers from three school communities – when she was 10. She writes that, after her talk, the students wanted to ask “loads of one-of-a-kind kid questions – the kind I can never feel fully prepared to answer. “Luckily, the one-of-a-kind … [Read more...] about Spark Change: A book taking (digital) citizenship to a new level
This week I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion in Delhi at Facebook's South Asia Safety Summit with YLAC India (Young Leaders for Active Citizenship). YLAC works "to increase the participation of young people in the democratic process and build their capacity to lead change," using social media as their platform. That is digital citizenship, right? Isn't it necessarily … [Read more...] about So where are we with ‘digital citizenship’ now?
THIS JUST IN: In a historic development for the Internet and its users under 18, the Council of Europe today adopted a Recommendation – a comprehensive set of guidelines to European Union member states – for upholding children's rights in digital environments, their rights as digital citizens. "How to better protect and empower children as rights-holders... is at the core of the new … [Read more...] about Signs of serious progress for digital citizenship
Marc Prensky, who coined the term "digital natives" and a few years ago moved on to write about digital wisdom, called on educators to show the courage to do what "they know is right" and wisely embrace the technology that will increasingly help all of us, including students, solve the world's complex problems. This was in his 10-min. portion of a collective keynote at this summer's International … [Read more...] about Prensky’s thoughts for 21st-century teachers
I question it even as I'm preparing for talks on the subject in several countries this coming fall…. The term "digital citizenship" is heard more and more in educational and online-safety circles. The subject is now part of the International Society for Technology in Education's national educational technology standards, and ISTE is starting a National Council for its promotion. Elements of it are … [Read more...] about Next step: Crowd-source digital citizenship