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Best Practices for Digital Citizenship Education

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 4:00–6:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 4

Shari Stein  
Taking a strategic approach to digital citizenship based on communication, collaboration and trust can ensure success. Learn about a best-practices blueprint for how to implement an effective and sustainable digital citizenship program. See how a strategic perspective contributes to preparing students.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn
* the correlation between mental health, school safety and outstanding digital citizenship;
* the differences and similarities between digital literacy and digital citizenship;
* how to take a more strategic approach to digital citizenship;
* guidelines for how to work digital citizenship into curriculum;
* to effectively communicate with students about how to use technology responsibly in language they understand;
* creative ways for students to develop good habits to be safe, smart and healthy in their online activities;
* which metrics to track to ensure the effectiveness of a digital citizenship program;
* how to fund a digital citizenship initiative

This Poster Session will provide participants with strategies to address educational challenges such as time constraints. For example, blended learning and/or the flipped classroom can be used to provide details on the social, ethical and legal issues of digital citizenship. Using innovative technology such as Flipgrid, teachers can involve students in the discussion outside of the classroom. Slide shows using Google Slides or Prezi will be modeled for the teacher and student to use when making presentations. Participants will also view examples of activities for students, including creating online questionnaires, case studies and student dramatization of relevant situations such as bullying.

Student testimonials and responses to questionnaires that I have gathered from the presentations I have made will show the positive impact that Digital Citizenship lessons have on teens. Participants will take away many ideas and tools they can use and share with their colleagues and faculty as it is vital that schools do more to help students navigate the digital superhighway.

Supporting research

Alter, Adam. Irresistible: the Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. Penguin Press, 2018.

Anderson, Monica, and Jingjing Jiang. “Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018 | Pew Research Center.” Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech, Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech, 19 Sept. 2018, www.pewinternet.org/2018/05/31/teens-social-media-technology-2018/.

Crockett, Lee, and Andrew Churches. Growing Global Digital Citizens: Better Practices That Build Better Learners. Solution Tree Press, 2018.

Heitner, Devorah. Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World. Bibliomotion, Inc., 2016.

Jacobson, Linda. “Survey: One-Third of Students Report Being Bullied.” Education Dive, 24 Sept. 2018, www.educationdive.com/news/survey-one-third-of-students-report-being-bullied/532795/.

Morris, Betsy. “Most Teens Prefer to Chat Online, Rather Than in Person.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 10 Sept. 2018, www.wsj.com/articles/most-teens-prefer-to-chat-online-than-in-person-survey-finds-1536597971.

“Social Media Could Be Harming Your Teen's Mental Health.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 30 June 2018, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-unmotivated-teen/201806/social-media-could-be-harming-your-teens-mental-health.

United States, Centers for Disease Control. “Preventing Bullying.” Preventing Bullying, Https://Www.cdc.gov/Violenceprevention/Pdf/Bullying-Factsheet.pdf, 2017.

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Shari Stein, John P. Stevens High School

Shari Stein is an educator who is passionate about helping teenagers develop 21st century skills and supporting their social, emotional learning. She has been a teacher and head librarian in Edison, NJ for the past 32 years. She is an expert in digital content management and social media usage. Shari has made presentations on digital literacy and digital citizenship to over 5000 students. She also teaches Staff Development courses focusing on digital literacy, leadership and interpersonal communications. Shari is on task forces for PARCC, MacBook and Google Classroom integration. ​

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