Think out loud

Digital Citizenship….what comes to mind?

I am concerned about fake news. My time is valuable; I don’t want to spend it reading about things that aren’t real! (Unless I’m reading a novel…) The integrity of what is out there is definitely a huge component of digital citizenship.

Also, cookies and tracking on the web. I don’t want to be tracked! I realize this is mostly not an option anymore, but I’m just sayin’…..I don’t want to be videotaped either.

Ownership of intellectual material. At it’s most basic level, digital citizenship to me means not plagarizing other’s work.

Honestly, I didn’t know quite what to expect when beginning this course and any experience I had with digital citizenship mostly revolved around the copyright of songs, and seeking permission for copyright if not in the public domain, making sure to secure copyright when needed. I’m looking forward to expanding my horizons, and getting out of my shoebox of music-framed reference.

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  1. I completely agree!! I am also never sure where to get my news and where to read so I stick with one source that I know is legit. One reason I left FB a few years ago was because I got tired of people posting fake or old news and I was just wasting my time reading things to find out they were outdated or just not real.

    1. Hi Maureen. I also get tired on facebook of reading people’s political rants and tirades. I tend to limit it to posting select photos of my kids to share with relatives who are far away, but even that gets tedious because people use facebook so much to “show off” whatever aspect of their lives they want (including me with my cute kids, haha.) It’s just so hard to find a balance on social media!

  2. Digital citizenship also means to me copyright among other things. I agree that fake news is an issue, and there are also privacy concerns with the digital world. Being a citizen of the digital world means a lot of things and I too hope to learn a lot in this section of the course.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Abdulallah. Copyright is definitely important. I dealt with this a little but mainly in the context of music writing. Copyright of ideas can be a bit muddy and hard to clarify.

  3. Copyright (and Fair Use, Creative Commons, etc) are important parts of digital citizenship discussions and we will cover more about them specifically in Collecti0n III. Fake news/polarization/etc are also important and directly addressed in this Collection.

    And I agree that respecting creative work is important. But it’s interesting to me that I’ve never heard anyone define non-digital citizenship as primarily about intellectual property. Which just illustrates the fact that we typically focus on this (I think) because we intuitively sense that copyright and IP are different, or at least not just the same, in the digital realm. The question is: how many other aspects of citizenship differ from the traditional in similar ways?

    1. I was surprised after I did my post of three different models of digital citizenship to learn that the main topics within digital citizenship (at least according to my search) seem to be regulation of internet usage, especially with kids. This is also something I’m really concerned about. I have yet to give my six year old his own device (tablet, etc) and I think this is sort of rare through my observations of other young kids with technology. At the same time, he is learning how to use computers in his kindergarten class, and I don’t want my kid to not know how to use a mouse because I don’t let him do anything online. So I’m trying to loosen up a bit 🙂

      1. How to handle technology with one’s children is an on-going dilemma. When my children were very young, it was primarily about music, television and video games. Then mobile phones, smart phones and the web exploded when they were 5+ and it felt so much more complicated. They seemed to pick so much up practically by osmosis, from friends and school, that it seemed largely out of my control. Which might explain my own leaning toward trying to control less and be more a co-explorer and focus on their behavior.

        1. I like the idea of leaning toward trying to be a “co-explorer” and focus on behavior instead of simply limiting. As my kids age, I’m sure I’ll head in that direction as well. I especially liked the last reading by Audrey Watters, and really like the idea of having my own portfolio that I control on my own domain. I’ve amassed so many different items I can include on it, like a portfolio on teaching strings with different articles and video examples of me teaching, not to mention plenty of research papers dealing with various topics on music. Audrey’s article definitely made me more excited to embark on this journey!

          1. Excellent! Audrey’s is an important voice in whatever this thing called digital citizenship is today 🙂 Please use as many of the activities in the class in a ways useful to this end goal of creating a cohesive portfolio of work…one that can continue to grow, and be useful, beyond just the time in this class!

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