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Digital Citizenship

Is an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) enough?

Mark Prensky defines "digital natives" as young people who have grown up in around digital technologies and seem to instinctively understand how to use them. On the other hand, we "immigrants", aren't used to instinctively using the technology for the variety of purposes that our students do. Although many of us tend to believe, and rightly so, our students know more about technology than we do; we cannot assume they know everything there is to know about technology and the appropriate uses of it.

Commonly, AUP's are provided to students as a document explaining the rules of technology use in our schools. AUP's are usually provided at the beginning of the year, with apile of papers that need to be taken home to parents in order for the student and parent to read over and sign. Then (if your lucky) the AUP will come back to school, filed, and never to be seen again. Although the rules about technology use are important, they do not teach our students what is and isn't acceptable use of the technology in school and why.

As more and more technology tools become available to assist teaching and learning in our classrooms, it is becoming a necessity to teach our students , on a regular basis , the appropriate social uses of the technology.

Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey have been writing, talking and promoting the need for Digital Citizenship in our schools. At the recent NECC Conference I picked up a copy of one of the newest ISTE's books, Digital Literacy in Schools. The book was authored by Mike and Gerald. Most of the following resources come from their work: either the book or their website.

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