We as teachers need to understand, teach our students about and participate in Digital Citizenship. So what is Digital Citizenship? I am going to cover the nine elements of Digital Citizenship over several posts, check out the posts on Digital Access and Commerce.
Digital Communication is “electronic exchange of information” (Ribble, 2011). People used to have a significant delay to communicate with people who were far away that required traveling to meet in person or sending correspondence through a mail courier. Today we have tons of instant communication options such as email, phones, texting, instant messages, video conferencing, etc. We have the chance to collaborate and communicate with anyone (provided they have the same communication method accessible to them). We have to learn and teach our students how to use good judgment to make appropriate choices when communicating with the many digital options available.
Ribble, M. (2011). Digital citizenship in schools. ISTE. Retrieved December 3, 2017, from https://www.iste.org/docs/excerpts/DIGCI2-excerpt.pdf.