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Using Images for Digital Citizenship Conversations

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, June 26, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: 201BC

Dr. Kristen Mattson  
In this interactive lecture, you'll become the student as the facilitator leads a series of activities using thought-provoking images as the catalyst for conversation. Attendees will walk away with practical, easy-to-implement ideas as well as a deeper understanding of the varied facets of digital citizenship education.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
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: Participants will only need internet access.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Educational Challenge: Digital citizenship conversations can be difficult. Students are reluctant to open up about their technology habits and teachers can feel as though they aren't "expert enough" to lead the discussion. The result is typically a digital citizenship lesson or two that is done more for the sake of compliance than it is for the inherit learning value.

Solution: Students and teachers both need time and space to authentically talk about digital citizenship topics in ways that allow for debate, dialogue, and less pressure to have a 'right answer.' Like much of our humanities curricula, life at the intersection of technology and humanity is often messy, controversial, and ever-evolving.

Purpose and Objectives: The purpose of this interactive lecture is to show educators how they can facilitate digital citizenship conversation using thought-provoking images as the catalyst.

At the end of the session, participants will:
Understand the various topics encompassed by the term "digital citizenship"and receive ready-to-use example activities at a variety of grade levels and in varied content areas.


5 Minutes: What is digital citizenship education? Why is it important? What do the ISTE Standards say?

10 Minutes: Digital citizenship perspectives: three images on the screen; participants choose the image that best matches the way they view a life "lived online" - participants move to the corner of the room that matches their choice and debrief their thoughts with others

10 Minutes: Using digital citizenship images as bell-ringers. The facilitator will show several example bell-ringer activities that are appropriate in various content areas and grade levels. Then, participants will partake in an interactive bell-ringer example.

15 Minutes: Gallery walk: participants engage in a gallery walk of images and leave their thoughts about each one on an interactive padlet board

15 Minutes: Sorting cards: participants work with 2-3 others to sort images into categories, engaging in thoughtful discussion as they dissect image meanings and attempt to group them around themes

5 Minutes: Wrap up and resources

Supporting research

"Digital Citizenship in Action: Empowering Students to Engage in Online Communities" by Dr. Kristen Mattson (ISTE, 2017)

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Dr. Kristen Mattson, Dr. Kristen Mattson Consulting, LLC

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