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Digital Citizenship: What Are Your Views and Concerns?

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Written by lruberg45!
25 Nov 2008

November 25, 2008.  After hosting several weeks of online discussion with input from deliberative dialog with intellectual property experts, Leslie Conery, Ph.D., Deputy CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) Chair, shared a draft for Fair Use and Digital Citizenship to be implemented at the NECC 2009 conference.

The NECC 09 conference fair use guidelines statement is open for public comments through November 30, 2008. You can share your comments about this draft statement on the NECC Ning forum or post comments here that will be compiled and sent by email to Dr. Conery on November 30, 2008, as a collection of comments from the NASA EdTech Collaborative community.  

A copy of the draft guidelines statement for review follows.       

Draft Statement:
Video and audio recording – including streaming – of sessions for commercial use is strictly prohibited. Recordings for noncommercial use may be made only with permission of the presenter as outlined on the permission key for each session. Any permitted recording should respect the presenter\'s rights and not be disruptive.

How Does this Topic Apply to Integration of Technology into STEM Teaching?

The use of the Web 2.0 collaborative tools to invite public participation and comment on the NECC 2009 conference fair use guidelines for presenters and participants demonstrates the way two-way Web-based information resources can expand participation opportunities.  This discussion of fair use guidelines for conference presenters and participants also suggests how new technology tools make capturing, recording, publishing, and disseminating human communications a ubiquitous possibility.  

The EdTech Collaborative is designed to be a source where education professionals can use technology tools in a way that promotes and models exemplary digital citizenship practices.  The EdTech Collaborative promotes proper use of digital technologies and also offers a forum to discuss appropriate uses of digital tools and resources with the primary focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics—especially as they related to NASA resources and opportunities.

Here are a few questions regarding the topic of digital citizenship that may be  great topics for discussion among the EdTech Collaborative participants.
1.    What strategies and guidelines do you use with your students to promote safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology?  
2.    Are there areas of copyright, intellectual property, and documentation of sources in regard to use of NASA resources and products that you have questions about?
3.    Are there ways that you have adapted NASA resources and products to address the diverse needs of all learners?

•    –By using learner-centered strategies?
•    –By providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources?

4.    How do you promote and model digital etiquette and responsible interactions related to the use of digital technology and information with your students?
5.    What strategies and technology tools have you found to be particularly effective in developing and modeling cultural understanding and global awareness among your students and educator peers?

•    —In the context of STEM teaching?
•    —When using NASA resources and opportunities?

I am interested in your thoughts about fair use as it applies to your classroom and also to the sharing that happens on this website.  Perhaps you have concerns or ideas to share that are not even considered in this of questions above.  

The EdTech is offering a call for submissions from educators to share their approaches to teaching digital citizenship and social responsibility.  This call is open until March 1, 2009.  The EdTech Collaborative is looking for technology-based programs that address ethics and social responsibility topics, prepare students for active participation in the democratic process, and that encourage characters development.  You can comment on this article if you have questions about or ideas for a submission.  

We\'d like to hear from you! You can also email the team at for more information.  

Last update (26 Mar 2009)


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Activities for Professional Development and K-12 Addressing Digital Citizenship
Written by: lruberg45! On: 05 Jan 2009

The Digital Citizenship Compass for the 21st Century by Mike Ribble ( provides guidelines for educators to facilitate activities with elementary, secondary, or postsecondary students about digital citizenship. 

You can download this activity in pdf format at

I noticed that several teachers have used this activity as an icebreaker to get their students involved in creating, updating, or reviewing their school's Acceptable Use Guidelines.

Find out more about strategies to integrate discussions about and possible student projects addressing the topic of digital citizenship at these websites: The Internet Society and Participation; Digital Citizenship: Expanding Information Technology Literacy with a Service-Learning Approach; and Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety.

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What policies regarding fair use and digital citizenship are posted on your school's web site?
Written by: lruberg45! On: 25 Nov 2008

The Wheeling Jesuit University web site provides page with multiple links that provides usage guidelines for a variety of resources related to student services learning resources.  These resources include:

Electronic Resources, Library Books, Journals - A to Z List, Research Guides, Access to Off Campus Electronic Resources, Off Campus Access Trouble Shooting Guide, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Form, Library Staff Directory, Basic Guidelines for Borrowing Library Circulating Resources, Study Room Use Policy, Laptop Use Guidelines and Borrowing Form, Instructions for Placing a Hold on a Book. Book Purchase Request Form, and a Suggestion Box.

How is this list of policies and learning resources services different at your school?

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