What is digital citizenship? That’s the driving question behind our current Year 5 unit of inquiry.
It’s the start of the school year here in Australia, so the unit begins with the establishment of a learning community in the classroom. Students will explore what citizenship comprises in the context of the class community, ‘a sense of belonging, rights and responsibilities, duties and privileges, agreed values and mutual obligations required for active participation in the group.’ (Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum)
From there, it should be an easy jump to considering digital citizenship, through the conceptual lenses of responsibility , reflection and connection. Our learners will explore these questions…
- How do we analyse and evaluate digital content?
- What are our responsibilities when creating digital content?
- How can we communicate our ideas creatively and effectively online?
- What can we learn by connecting and collaborating with others in the world?
We’re hoping to help connect our learners with other learners, both locally and globally and, in the process, develop and consolidate these understandings…
- People are consumers and creators in a digital world.
- We need to think critically about digital content.
- Everyone needs to be responsible for digital content they create.
- The internet enables us to connect,communicate and collaborate with people all over the world.
The Year 5s would like to hear from teachers and classes interested in collaborating via Skype, blogs, Twitter, Voicethread, email or other media they have not yet thought of. They are keen to connect with classes anywhere who are eager to broaden their horizons, collaborate on an inquiry into digital citizenship or simply share and compare learning. They’re looking for once-off as well as ongoing collaborations.
Are you interested?