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Becoming an Awesome Digital Citizenship Leader

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 24, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: 113BC

Dr. Marty Park   Dr. Mike Ribble  
Educational leaders will discover ideas and plans to implement and sustain a digital citizenship program in their school or district. Using resources from current research and supported by over a decade of school implementation, you'll leave with resources to get started in your school or district.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: www.digitalcitizenship.net
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Citizenship
  • Ensure equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources to meet the needs of all learners.
For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and promote strategies for achieving equitable access to digital tools and resources and technology-related best practices for all students and teachers.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Digital Citizenship has been an area both not well understood but also an area recognized for its need both in education and society. For over a decade there have been may debates over what is the focus of Digital Citizenship. During this time Dr. Mike Ribble identified and codified the nine elements of Digital Citizenship. After all of this time these elements are still recognized as the basis and foundation to Digital Citizenship for many users. Dr. Ribble along with Dr. Marty Park are moving these ideas past just topic areas but helping educational leaders to build beyond the elements into a structure of Safety, Savvy, and Social users of technology.

This new model will be used to provide their teachers an understanding of Digital Citizenship that they can take back to their classrooms. This will begin an integration of the elements of Digital Citizenship and not becoming 'one more' topic to cover. As Richard Culatta, ISTE CEO, stated at the opening keynote at the 2018 ISTE Conference 'Digital Citizenship is more than just safety.'

This session will include lessons as well as research from the field on how these Digital Citizenship programs are being implemented. The work that is being done not only in the United States, but world-wide, will be showcased along with new resources for educational leaders and their staff. This is a move beyond saying, "don't do this, don't go there," but how to improve the digital experience through knowledge and understanding of the tools that we have.


The focus of this session will be the expanded ideas of Digital Citizenship from the nine elements to an integrated approach. Audience members will be provided topics that can and should be added into the classroom. Participants will then be asked to share thoughts and ideas of the place for these skills within the curriculum. Short 5-7 minute vignettes will be shared then participants will engage with each other then to the larger group. Devices are not required for this session but having access will allow for the audience members to more fully engage in the material that will be provided. The goal of the session is to lay the foundation for the participants that they can return to their schools and districts.

Supporting research

Digital Citizenship in Action – Kristen Mattson
Social LEADia – Jennifer Casa-Todd
Screenwise – Devorah Heitner
Digital Citizenship: A Community Based Approach – Susan Bearden
Digital Community, Digital Citizen - Dr. Jason Ohler
4 Big Ideas - Dr. Jason Ohler
Digital Citizenship in Schools, 3rd Edition - Dr. Mike Ribble
Raising a Digital Child - Dr. Mike Ribble
Digital Citizenship in Action - Dr. Kristen Mattson
http://www.jasonohler.com/index.cfm - Dr. Jason Ohler Website http://www.digitalcitizenship.net - Dr. Mike Ribble Website
Ribble, M. (2018). Use the key elements of digital citizenship. EdTech: Focus on K-12 Education Magazine. Q3 2018.
Ribble, M. (2017). What type of digital citizens do we want students to be? Blog article for BrainPOP.
Ribble, M. (2017). Digital citizenship: Respect, protect, educate. Blog article for BrainPOP.
Ribble, M. (2017). What is digital citizenship? Blog article for BrainPOP.
Anderson, M. & Jiang, J. (2018). Teens, social media & technology 2018. Retrieved on September 24, 2018 at http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/05/31/
Common Sense Media (2018). Privacy matters: Parents and teens share attitudes and opinions. Retrieved at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/

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Dr. Marty Park, Kentucky Department of Education
Dr. Mike Ribble, Manhattan-Ogden School District

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