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Digital Community, Digital Citizen



August 2010 | 256 pages | Corwin
A new perspective of citizenship has entered the public narrative: Digital Citizenship-a term that arises from the need to reconsider who we are in light of the globally connected infosphere in which we find ourselves. This book, for educators, parents, and anyone with an interest in the future of primary and secondary education in a digitally deluged world, addresses the role that schools and teachers can play in exploring, understanding and promoting digital citizenship within their profession as well as their classrooms.

Organized around and aligned to the common areas of interest about digital citizenship from the various standards groups, including ISTE and the 21st Century Skills, it addresses how to manage learning in the digital domain so that we can help students become life long learners who develop perceptions, perspectives and habits of mind that will allow them to navigate the digital age creatively and critically.

 
Acknowledgments
 
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

 
Ubiquity

 
Invasiveness

 
Vulnerability

 
Amplification

 
Reducation

 
Misreality

 
Ephemeralness

 
Permanence

 
Indisconnectability

 
Overwhelment

 
Resocialization

 
Sovereignty

 
Dehumanization

 
Obsolescence

 
 
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!
 
References
 
Index

“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

Sample Materials & Chapters

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