Digital Citizenship and Character Education
Navigating ethics during times of extreme change, fearlessly and hopefully
For many, digital citizenship embraces every fear they have about our children being in cyberspace. But if we're wise, we'll use digital citizenship to create the digital lifestyles and communities that reflect what's best in us, and we will employ character education as a foundation to help us get there. The goal is for students to learn how to use technology not only safely and responsibly, but also with a sense of inspiration, opportunity and humanity.
This presentation provides an overview of digital citizenship’s origins and characteristics, as well as its implications for education. We will take an in-depth look at its connections with character education, and how character education should be used to provide a foundational approach to the many issues associated with digital citizenship. In addition, this presentation models activities that can be used with students – as well as teachers, administrators and community members – to develop leadership skills in the area of character building and digital citizenship.
Dr. Jason Ohler is a Professor Emeritus and Distinguished President’s Professor, University of Alaska, in the fields of educational technology and virtual learning. He has spent the last 7 years helping develop the first PhD in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, where he currently teaches in the areas of digital ethics, media literacy, digital citizenship and digital storytelling and narrative. He is author of many books and articles about digital literacy, citizenship and the future of technology, learning and society. His last two books, 4Four Big Ideas for The Future, and, Digital Community, Digital Citizen, focus on the development of wisdom needed to navigate the ethical journey posed by living a digital lifestyle, as well as the creation of programs and activities to address our ethical path going forward as we head into an uncertain future created by rollercoaster innovation. He is author of the column Digital Citizenship for Big Ideas Media, and he is author of The Big Ideas Newsletters, in English and Spanish, about the future of technology and digital citizenship.