The boundaries between the virtual and real world are almost diminishing as more and more technology is being integrated into our lives. A quick glance at our students' lifestyles is enough to provide you with a clear picture of how digitally focused they are . As teachers entrusted with helping these digital natives flourish and thrive in friendly and healthy learning environments, we are also responsible for teaching them the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.We need to teach them the ethics of digital citizenry.
I have already shared here a simple and useful guide to all that teachers need to know about digital citizenship. This post has become among the most popular articles in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. However, today I am revisiting the topic of digital citizenship but this time adding new important things I have learned from the wonderful book " The Digital Diet: Today's Digital Tools in Small Bytes (The 21st Century Fluency Series) " . In particular , I will be proving you with a set of important terms you need to know as a teacher using technology with his/her students. But before that let me refresh your mind about what digital citizenship is all about .
What is Digital Citizenship ?
It is the combination of technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in the information age. Just like literacy and numeracy initiatives which provide people with the skills to ' participate in the work force, digital literacy has become an essential skill to be a confident, connected, and actively involved life long learner.'
Digital Citizenship Terminology
Discussion boards :
Grooming Is a technique used by predators to select and prepare a person for meeting the predator. This technique involves building a degree of trust between the victim and the predator.
Open Source Software ( OSS):
Profile is the personal information that is entered in social networking and other sites