In 2016, there has never been a greater need to talk about digital literacies as they apply to today’s students — as a parent of iPad loving kids, this is certainly a topic I think about a lot.
From internet safety to forming good relationship and communicating appropriately to self-image and identity and much, much more… students need a comprehensive digital citizenship education to navigate our vast and complicated online world.
But how should these skills be developed and nurtured? What kind of a plan should schools and parents embrace to educate and teach their students digital citizenship?
In episode 33 of Blackbaud K-12’s Get Connected Podcast, Susan Bearden, Director of Information Technology at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, joins me to talk about the challenges and opportunities that come with forming our next generation of digital citizens.
Susan published a new book, Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach, that dives into this topic and offers concrete advice for schools grappling with how to best approach developing a program.
For a full breakdown of what we covered, make sure to check out the episode notes below.
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- Susan recently published “Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach.” Learn what prompted her to dive into the topic and write this e-book. What was the biggest challenge faced while authoring it? Was it based on her work at Holy Trinity Episcopal?
- Susan defines digital citizenship and shares the fundamental principles.
- Whose responsibility is it to teach digital citizenship to kids? Does it fall on the parent? The school? Susan shares her take.
- Hear how you can implement a community-based approach to digital citizenship.
- Additional key questions explored:
- Why is it important for administrators to model good digital citizenship?
- What’s the best approach to educating staff, students, and parents? What kinds of methods should schools take to develop a community-based digital citizenship education program
- How about implementation? How can schools make sure that their digital citizenship education programs take root?
- Let’s get prescriptive — Susan offers advice for a teacher or administrator looking to jump start a conversation about digital citizenship at their school.
About the Author
As senior product marketing manager, Peter Baron is focused on illustrating how Blackbaud K-12’s software builds deeper connections among key school community stakeholders, including parents, teachers and students. Peter regularly contributes to various online communities and education conferences like NAIS, CASE/NAIS & SSATB to explain the importance of providing modern, user-friendly experiences for school constituents. Peter hosts Blackbaud K-12's Get Connected Podcast and is the founder of edSocialMedia, a community-driven site dedicated to exploring the role of social media in education. Peter also serves as a trustee for Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School and is an Executive Committee member of TABS’ North American Boarding School Initiative.Follow on Twitter More Content by Peter Baron