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Digital Community, Digital Citizen

Digital Community, Digital Citizen

August 2010 | 256 pages | Corwin

"From Plato to 'Leave it to Beaver,' Jason Ohler places our struggles with digital citizenship in the context of humanity's ongoing quest to develop good, productive, responsible citizens."
—Joe Brennan, Instructor, Discovery Education, Wilkes University, Arlington Heights, IL

"Jason Ohler excels at showing how digital connections affect almost every aspect of school life. This is an important read for anyone wanting to understand technology's impact on education."
—Will Richardson, Author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms

An all-inclusive roadmap to citizenship in the 21st Century

Best-selling author, educator, and futurist Jason Ohler challenges all readers to redefine our roles as citizens in today's globally connected infosphere. In exploring the various aspects of digital citizenship, he aligns its pedagogy with the ISTE standards definition. The book uses an "ideal school board" device to address fears, opportunities, and the critical issues of character education. These issues include

  • Cyberbullying, "sexting," and other safety concerns
  • Students' ability to creatively access and critically assess information
  • Respect and ethics regarding copyrighted information
  • Communicating appropriately in an expanded and public realm

Rich with examples, professional development and classroom exercises, resources, and policy perspectives, this book will resonate with educators, parents, and anyone interested in the merging of education with technology and its impact on our children.

About the Author
Introduction - Remembering My High School Library
Preamble: Our Choice for Our Children: Two Lives or One?
Part I. The Call to Digital Citizenship
1. Becoming Digital: The Road to Digital Citizenship
A Short History of Educational Technology  
A Short History of ISTE Standards  
2. Perspectives on Citizenship and Community
Listening to the Ancient Human  
An Extremely Short History of Citizenship  
The Evolutuion of Community: From Farmland to Facebook  
Three Levels of Community in ISTE Standards  
You: Where Local, Global, and Digital Communities Intersect  
3. Gathering Digitally
Changing Minds: The Altered Self  
Perspectives on Organizational Communication in Digital Community  
Edward T. Hall and the Proxemics of Virtual Space  
Guidlines for Virtual Behavior  
Guidelines for Creative Online Learning Communities  
Some Closing Notes on Reorganizing Ourselves  
Part II. Seeing Technology
4. What Bothers Us About Technology
Fear Is the Mind Killer  
Facing Our Fears  
5. Seeing Technology: A Primer
Noticing Technology  
Seeing Exercises  
Seeing by Getting Philosophical  
What's Your Technology Mantra?  
What's Your School's Philosophy?  
6. Becoming a "De-Tech-Tive": Helping Students Understand Technology's Impacts
A Matter of Balance  
Becoming De-Tech-Tives  
Technology Connects and Disconnects  
Essential Questions of the De-Tec-Tive Process  
The De-Tech-Tive Process  
A Case Study of Conditional Acceptance: The Case of Digitally Retouching Photos  
Issues Are Everywhere  
A Favorite Project: The Energy Self-Study  
Using Stories  
McLuhan's Tetrad  
Part III. Character Education in the Digital Age
7. Imagining the Ideal School Board
Party-Cipation: Setting the Stage  
What Concerns Us: The Extreme Edge of Freedom  
From Issues to Programs  
Lessons From the Past  
The Ideal School Board  
Background Materials for Creating an Agenda  
The Ideal School Board's First Agenda  
8. Agenda Item 1: Helping Teachers Understand Their Own Ethical Framework
What Is Your Ethical Core?  
Consider an Infosphere Issue  
Stirring the Muddy Waters  
An Ethical Framework: Categorical vs. Consequentialist  
Discussing Ethical Issues With Students  
9. Agenda Item 2: A Crash Course About Kids
Agenda Item 2, Topic A: What’s Different About Digital Community  
Agenda Item 2, Topic B: Moral Development in Kids  
Agenda Item 2, Topic C: Brain Development, Kids, and Moral Thinking  
The Future of Neuro-Morality Research  
Helping Students Develop Character  
10. Agenda Item 3: Character Education for the Digital Age
Connecting Digital Citizenship And Character Education  
The Essence Of Character Education  
A Short History Of Character Education  
Character Education Begins With Values  
Character Education Standards and Evaluation  
11. Agenda Item 4: Literacy in the Digital Age
Shift From Text-Centrism To Media Collage  
Value Writing, Now More Than Ever  
Adopt Art as the Next R  
Blend Traditional And Emerging Literacies: Practice the DAOW  
Harness Both Report and Story  
Practice Private and Participatory Social Literacy  
Develop Literacy Not Just With Digital Tools, but Also About Digital Tools  
Pursue Fluency Rather Than Just Literacy  
12. Agenda Item 5: What Role for IT?
Retuning Your IT Department  
Taking the Next Step  
ISTE Standards for IT Personnel?  
Epilogue: Advice? Of Course!

“From Plato to 'Leave it to Beaver,' Jason Ohler sets our current struggles with digital citizenship in the context of humanity's ongoing quest for developing good, productive, responsible citizens."

Joe Brennan, Instructor, Discovery Education
Wilkes University, Arlington Heights, IL

“Jason Ohler excels at showing how digital connections are affecting almost every aspect of school life. This is an important read for anyone wanting to understand technology’s impact on education.”

Will Richardson, Author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms

“This dynamite book will be very helpful for educators who face the challenge of rapid accommodation in this new world.”

Nancy Willard, Executive Director
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

“Jason Ohler explores the tensions that evolve as technology shakes the foundations of our moral, social, political, and philosophical perspectives. A great read.”

Scott Christian, Director of Academic Technology
University of Portland, Oregon

"With balance and great insight, Ohler explores how Digital Citizenship is a part of our day-to-day lives: providing concrete examples, anecdotes and activities in support of the readers’ understanding of how this impacts their lives."

John Mikton, Director of Information Technology
International School of Prague, Czech Republic

"This book provides an in-depth analysis of how the internet and technology affect the very nature of learning, relationships, and schooling. This is a book that every teacher and school administrator should read to understand the full impact and significance of technology in education."

Greg Kearsley, Director of Graduate Studies in Education
University of New England, Biddeford and Portland, Maine

"Digital citizenship is an important area of study. This text helps educators at all levels to understand not only the history, but also the future of technology and our society, and technology and our schools."

Jill Gildea, Superintendent
Fremont School District 79, Mundelein, IL

"This book is a 'must read' for anyone who educates children and youth in the 21st century. The digital aspects of global citizenship are clearly set forth with numerous thought-provoking examples and questions."

Karen L. Tichy, Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Special Education
Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Catholic Education Office

"The author articulates in layman's terms the importance of reflecting on our digital age and how we must integrate technology into our classrooms and school activities."

Lori L. Grossman, Manager, Academic Training
Houston Independent School District

"The author provides a compelling and refreshing look at the role of technology in education and in the lives of our students."

Richard Yee, Principal
Suisun Elementary School, CA

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