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For the last three years, the Caulfeild staff have been working with Lee Watanabe Crockett, president of the Global Digital Citizen Foundation, to use the Solution Fluency inquiry model in our school. Through regular meetings, professional development activities, and small group sessions, Lee has supported our staff to build our capacity as inquiry teachers. After reading his recent book, Growing Global Digital Citizens: Better Practices That Build Better Learners (2018), I have focused my attention on this important and increasingly relevant area of study. As a future Teacher-Librarian, I hope to support my colleagues by teaching students information literacy and digital citizenship. The following resources have helped me to better understand these topics of interest:
- Crockett, L. W. (February 25, 2016). Global Digital Citizenship—in 15 Minutes! [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/global-digital-citizenship-15-minutes-global-digital-citizen
This post is a great overview of global digital citizenship and has many excellent links to daily lessons on Personal Responsibility, Global Citizenship, Digital Citizenship, Altruistic Service, and Environmental Stewardship. The Foundation has created a Code of Honour which could easily be used or adapted for students of all ages.
- Searson, M., Hancock, M., Soheil, N. et al. (December 2015). Digital citizenship within global contexts. Education and Information Technologies. 20(4), 729–741. Retrieved from https://doi-org.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/10.1007/s10639-015-9426-0
This article describes the iKeepSafe model – BEaPRO – that features the core competencies and skills required for digital citizenship. Also, the article suggests the importance of ensuring all stakeholders are involved in the education and promotion of digital literacy.
- Crockett, L. W. (March/April 2018). Librarians lead the growth: of information literacy and global digital citizens. Knowledge Quest, 46(4), 28–33. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/openview/be8b609a80d1cc18177bbdae06fbd586/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=6154
This article is an urgent call for librarians to teach global digital citizenship to students. Crockett presents the Information Fluency Model, also known as the 5As: Ask, Acquire, Analyze, Apply, and Assess. He also lists Five Steps to Effective Questions and offers a definition of global digital citizenship.
- Maughan, S. (Aug 18, 2017). School Librarians Are Teaching Digital Citizenship. Retrieved from https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/74535-school-librarians-are-teaching-digital-citizenship.html
This article features three educators and their experiences with digital citizenship. Topics explored include fake news, cyberbullying, and the increasing use of social media. Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship are included with links to additional resources.
- Province of British Columbia. (2018). Digital Literacy Framework. Retrieved from https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/kindergarten-to-grade-12/teach/teaching-tools/digital-literacy-framework.pdf
The Framework describes the six characteristics that 21st century learners require:
1) Research and Information Literacy, 2) Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making, 3) Creativity and Innovation, 4) Digital Citizenship, 5) Communication and Collaboration, and 6) Technology Operations and Concepts. Examples of each characteristic are explained in detail for each grade range.
Crockett, L. W., & Churches, A. (2018). Growing Global Digital Citizens: Better Practices That Build Better Learners. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.