#DigCitLA: Cultivating Digital Citizens
by Vanessa Monterosa, Ed.D.
With the many efforts and initiatives to kick-off this school year, it is important to ensure that digital citizenship at the top of your list! By focusing on digital citizenship, you will be able to support your students in the following ways:
- Prepare them to engage in a digitally-rich world: As our professional and academic worlds increasingly become digital, it is critical to integrate digital citizenship lessons, so that students can expertly navigate a variety of digital spaces, from social media to their emails and more.
- Support the cultivation of a positive digital footprint: Digital citizenship has often been associated with safety and privacy, but if we encourage students to engage in these spaces and collaborate online in productive and structured ways, we help them establish digital footprints that can propel their college and career opportunities.
- Engage them as both consumers and producers of information: By engaging in digital citizenship practices, we support our students in assessing the information they access online as well as empower our students to add to the body of information by participating and adding their voice through creative lesson activities.
To get started on cultivating digital citizens, the Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) in partnership with Common Sense Education is excited to launch a more robust digital citizenship program this year. Efforts include Digital Citizenship Week, which will be October 16-23, 2017 and Digital Citizenship Certification. Stay tuned to learn more about these efforts.