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Published on March 15, 2014

Author: dfcain



Digital Citizenship: Student Tools to Establish a Positive Digital Citizenship
Employers, colleges, and scholarship organizations are scouring the internet to get a sense of our students--what will they find? As educators we have a moral imperative to educate, initiate, and establish the positive web presence of our students. Primarily for the teachers who are not as tech savvy as they wish they were, you will be ready to begin the process next week and have students develop their positive web citizenship by the end of the month.

Student Tools to Establish a Positive Digital Citizenship David F. Cain—Secondary Curriculum Coach, HUSD

I don’t remember that, but it must be true...

In 2013, 48% of employers performed internet searches on all applicants. Career Builder Survey, 2013 What do your digital footprints tell us about who you are and what kind of employee you will be?

In 2013, 31% of colleges performed internet searches on all applicants—an all-time high Kaplan, 2013 What do your digital footprints tell us about who you are and what kind of student you will be?

Percent of applicants with negative search results, impacting acceptance: 2013—30% 2012—35% Kaplan, 2013 Students, now that you know we are watching you, are you changing your online behavior?

 Untagging photos  Changing user names on social network sites  Deletion of social media accounts  Increased privacy settings The focus is on destruction, deletion, and avoidance, rather than attempting to build a positive digital citizenship. Student Solutions:

A successful candidate has built a brand—a brand that is that person’s repertoire of skills, interests, and positive interactions with peers. What colleges and employers want to find…

What do our students need to know and be able to do?

Teachers are essential in the process of preparing students for the 21st century. • Students should be able to move between a wide variety of media forms, gleaning information, ideas, and an understanding of arguments. • Students should be able to express themselves in a wide variety of media forms, communicating information, ideas, and clearly reasoned arguments. Building Transliteracy

Our digital moral imperative… It is our job, not only to warn and guide students about the proper use of the internet, but to assist them in establishing their individual, positive digital citizenship.

We need to assist students in creating a distinct digital citizenship that is scholarly and professional; one that is truly reflective of the best aspects of each student. The world is watching. Stake a claim in your skills, abilities, and character.

Best place to start  Have students create an email address, preferably gmail, that reflects who they are—not, but .  Have students perform all professional correspondence with teachers, schools, scholarship organizations, civic associations, employers, etc., using that address—keep the address clean.

POST: Posts under this identity should revolve around scholarly activities or interests. CREATE: Have students create a distinctly professional web presence. COMMENT: Comment on the professional sites of peers and experts in field students are interested in.

Linkedin: Twitter: Google+: d Follow colleges and leaders in the field that students are interested in— post content and link relevant sites Establish a professional profile of scholarly interests and connect to experts and other like-minded people Google+ adds Facebook-like elements and additional features to increase a students SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Stage One: A Soft Start

Google Sites: Blogger: d Have students create blog entries on topics related to class—use it as the medium for significant assignments The easiest way to have students create webpages and professional content—consider creating online portfolios utilizing google sites. As you build, have students include images, audio, video, and even podcasts that exemplify the scholarly pursuits of your students. Stage Two: Let’s Build d No email address, no outside access, but a place to practice digital creativity, collaboration, communicati on, and critical thinking Paving the way for younger students…

A word of caution.. • All content must be informational, professional, or academic—not personal. • All interactions must remain objective and professional. • The focus is on topics and issues, not people.

What can they do?

Questions? David F. Cain—Secondary Curriculum Coach, HUSD

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