Digital Community, Digital Citizen

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An all-inclusive roadmap to citizenship in the 21st Century

Best-selling author, educator, and futurist Jason Ohler challenges all readers to redefine our roles as citizens in today’s globally connected infosphere. His text aligns the process of teaching digital citizenship with the ISTE standards definition, and uses an “ideal school board” device to address fears, opportunities, and the critical issues of character education. These issues include:

  • Cyberbullying, “sexting,” and other safety concerns
  • Students’ ability to creatively access and critically assess information
  • Respect and ethics regarding copyrighted information
  • Communicating appropriately in an expanded and public realm

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Editorial Reviews

Joe Brennan
“From Plato to 'Leave it to Beaver,' Jason Ohler sets our current struggles with digital citizenship in the context of humanity's ongoing quest for developing good, productive, responsible citizens."
Will Richardson
“Jason Ohler excels at showing how digital connections are affecting almost every aspect of school life. This is an important read for anyone wanting to understand technology’s impact on education.”
Nancy Willard
“This dynamite book will be very helpful for educators who face the challenge of rapid accommodation in this new world.”
Scott Christian
“Jason Ohler explores the tensions that evolve as technology shakes the foundations of our moral, social, political, and philosophical perspectives. A great read.”
John Mikton
"With balance and great insight, Ohler explores how Digital Citizenship is a part of our day-to-day lives: providing concrete examples, anecdotes and activities in support of the readers’ understanding of how this impacts their lives."
Greg Kearsley
"This book provides an in-depth analysis of how the internet and technology affect the very nature of learning, relationships, and schooling. This is a book that every teacher and school administrator should read to understand the full impact and significance of technology in education."
Jill Gildea
"Digital citizenship is an important area of study. This text helps educators at all levels to understand not only the history, but also the future of technology and our society, and technology and our schools. "
Karen L. Tichy
"This book is a 'must read' for anyone who educates children and youth in the 21st century. The digital aspects of global citizenship are clearly set forth with numerous thought-provoking examples and questions. "
Lori L. Grossman
"The author articulates in layman's terms the importance of reflecting on our digital age and how we must integrate technology into our classrooms and school activities. "
Richard Yee
"The author provides a compelling and refreshing look at the role of technology in education and in the lives of our students. "
Roxie R. Ahlbrecht
"The rationale for the importance of developing critical thinkers with a conscience for the rights of others was evident throughout the text. This book could easily become a field guide for administrators, school boards, and technology educators. "
Jamie Campbell
"This timely and highly relevant title examines the impact technology has in the life of educators and their students. The book includes practical examples infused with infectious wit, helps educators appreciate the impact of technology in the world and the classroom."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412971447
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 868,361
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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Jason Ohler is a speaker, writer, teacher, researcher, and lifelong digital humanist who is well known for the passion, insight, and humor he brings to his presentations and writings. He is author of numerous articles, books, and teacher resources and continues to work directly with teachers, administrators, and students. Combining twenty-five years of experience in the educational technology field with an eye for the future, Ohler connects with people where they are, and helps them see their importance in the future development of living, learning, and working in the Digital Age. Although he is called a futurist, he considers himself a nowist, working nationally and internationally to help educators and the public use today's tools to create living environments that we are proud to call home.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Introduction - Remembering My High School Library
Preamble: Our Choice for Our Children: Two Lives or One?
Part I. The Call to Digital Citizenship
1. Becoming Digital: The Road to Digital Citizenship
A Short History of Educational Technology
A Short History of ISTE Standards
2. Perspectives on Citizenship and Community
Listening to the Ancient Human
An Extremely Short History of Citizenship
The Evolutuion of Community: From Farmland to Facebook
Three Levels of Community in ISTE Standards
You: Where Local, Global, and Digital Communities Intersect
3. Gathering Digitally
Changing Minds: The Altered Self
Perspectives on Organizational Communication in Digital Community
Edward T. Hall and the Proxemics of Virtual Space
Guidlines for Virtual Behavior
Guidelines for Creative Online Learning Communities
Some Closing Notes on Reorganizing Ourselves
Part II. Seeing Technology
4. What Bothers Us About Technology
Fear Is the Mind Killer
Facing Our Fears
5. Seeing Technology: A Primer
Noticing Technology
Seeing Exercises
Seeing by Getting Philosophical
What's Your Technology Mantra?
What's Your School's Philosophy?
6. Becoming a "De-Tech-Tive ": Helping Students Understand Technology's Impacts
A Matter of Balance
Becoming De-Tech-Tives
Technology Connects and Disconnects
Essential Questions of the De-Tec-Tive Process
The De-Tech-Tive Process
A Case Study of Conditional Acceptance: The Case of Digitally Retouching Photos
Issues Are Everywhere
A Favorite Project: The Energy Self-Study
Using Stories
Mc Luhan's Tetrad
Part III. Character Education in the Digital Age
7. Imagining the Ideal School Board
Party-Cipation: Setting the Stage
What Concerns Us: The Extreme Edge of Freedom
From Issues to Programs
Lessons From the Past
The Ideal School Board
Background Materials for Creating an Agenda
The Ideal School Board's First Agenda
8. Agenda Item 1: Helping Teachers Understand Their Own Ethical Framework
What Is Your Ethical Core?
Consider an Infosphere Issue
Stirring the Muddy Waters
An Ethical Framework: Categorical vs. Consequentialist
Discussing Ethical Issues With Students
9. Agenda Item 2: A Crash Course About Kids
Agenda Item 2, Topic A: What’s Different About Digital Community
Agenda Item 2, Topic B: Moral Development in Kids
Agenda Item 2, Topic C: Brain Development, Kids, and Moral Thinking
The Future of Neuro-Morality Research
Helping Students Develop Character
10. Agenda Item 3: Character Education for the Digital Age
Connecting Digital Citizenship And Character Education
The Essence Of Character Education
A Short History Of Character Education
Character Education Begins With Values
Character Education Standards and Evaluation
11. Agenda Item 4: Literacy in the Digital Age
Shift From Text-Centrism To Media Collage
Value Writing, Now More Than Ever
Adopt Art as the Next R
Blend Traditional And Emerging Literacies: Practice the DAOW
Harness Both Report and Story
Practice Private and Participatory Social Literacy
Develop Literacy Not Just With Digital Tools, but Also About Digital Tools
Pursue Fluency Rather Than Just Literacy
12. Agenda Item 5: What Role for IT?
Retuning Your IT Department
Taking the Next Step
ISTE Standards for IT Personnel?
Epilogue: Advice? Of Course!

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