"Digital Citizenship is defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology
(Mike Ribble, Digital Citizenship, 2015)
Learning Happens Everywhere!
Never has that been more true than it is today. In the past, most of our learned behavior was acquired by interacting with our family, peers, and our surroundings. Our "social behaviors" were influenced mostly by our given surroundings and developed naturally over time. These personal interactions were the building blocks for becoming a "good citizen". Our homes, communities, and schools, where we personally interact with each other are still such a very important component in the process of becoming a good local citizen. But just as we learn to be good local citizens within our physical communities, we must also learn to be good "Digital Citizens" within our on-line communities.
As good local citizens we have certain "social norms" that are expected of each of us. The same is true within our "on-line" communities. The world of technology has advanced rapidly over the past generation. In today's world we have the awesome ability to access vasts amount of knowledge without ever leaving our homes. We are capable of digitally interacting with others across the globe and can participate in unlimited exchanges with people and communities throughout the world. While these advancements bring fantastic opportunities for our students, it also brings many social challenges.
**Check out this excerpt from Digital Citizenship in Schools by Mike Ribble to learn more.
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