Digital Citizenship

In honor of Jim Groom, who did some astonishing work at Baylor over the last few days, I’m going to try to pick up the pace a bit….

Two weeks ago I was a respondent and workgroup facilitator for the 2010 Campus Technology Executive Summit in Boston, Mass. In my respondent role, I did a very short presentation speaking to the subject Susan Metros of USC was addressing. My presentation was titled “Digital Citizenship,” a phrase that I did not invent but which I’ve been working with, and on, for the last few months. I’m trying to get to the next steps after digital fluency, the steps that might finally inform an entire curriculum. I started with a little album of YouTube videos illustrating the varieties of instruction on this website:

I picked these because they were all different, and all rigorous in their own ways. All posed vigorous challenges to our typical school practices of teaching, writing, and learning. Here are the slides that I used after the video to try to tease apart some of the suggestive layers within each example, layers that led in turn to my larger points.

A work in progress.

4 thoughts on “Digital Citizenship

  1. And in honor of all the awesome work you always do I am gonna read, comment, and keep having fun in this space 🙂 Really formative over the last four days, and don;t you think I won;t have a post of my own now here soon.

  2. Dr. C:

    Beautiful and thought-provoking work, as always.

    Re steps toward fostering truly integrative learning, I was grabbed by this recent post on the HBR blog post about storytelling as strategy — “happy stories about the future.” What about developing a series of persona-based stories to show what a happy and productive lifetime of digital citizenship would look like? These would include descriptions of the integrative learning needed to prepare and sustain such a life, and the environments, social networks, and support systems required to make that learning possible. At that point we figure out what would have to be in place to make the story come true, and work backwards to put those pieces in place.

    All the best,

    Andrew B.

    p.s. Let’s talk again soon about the November trip to Oregon. The huddled masses of PNW technologists, librarians, and faculty are yearning for some of this Gardnerian goodness!

  3. @Jim Can’t wait. Hugely formative for me too. Let’s get the band together more often. I enjoyed every minute, every experience, every big sky, every morsel of delicious Tejas chow. It all looks more compelling when I can see it through your eyes. Thank you.

    @Andrew That’s one of the most perceptive and inspiring comments I’ve ever received, and an amazing link. Wow. I have a project. Even better: *we* have a project. I’ll say it again: wow. You bring tears to my eyes. Thank you. We will talk soon!

  4. aw shucks…. & count me in!

    Are you available next week? If so, I’ll send you couple of times for a call, and we can rock out with envisioning the future, or at least come up with a title for your talk in November. Best for now,


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