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Students need to understand that digital citizenship will encompasses the human, cultural, and societal issues that relate to technology. Therefore, they must keep a positive attitude and open mind towards collaborating and learning with peoples from differing backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures. They must be cognizant, sensitive, and tolerant of these differences.
Technology awareness is the safe and ethical use of information and technology. It includes copy rights and intellectual properties. Students should be taught to properly document and cite resources that are used in collaboration and projects. Teachers and students who participate in global collaboration projects should know and understand the capabilities and limits of their technology (and of those they are collaborating with) and when and how to use it. I found a small article about technology awareness that could have a daily impact on small businesses. It is a published report that has to do with small merchants and the impact of technological advances on their business. Small businesses are important to the U.S. economy and the impact of mobile technologies affect them in a great way. I have the link listed below.
Individual awareness and etiquette is a standard of conduct and respect that is expected by others. Teachers should promote how to use proper online and digital netiquette while interacting with others in a socially responsible way. One must also take precautions that can help to guarantee privacy and security while interacting online. The article I chose for individual awareness has to do with the MySpace Suicide case. Cyber bullying is a huge problem that can lead to disastrous results. In today’s cyber world we have trolls who look for opportunities to engage in flaming. Because trolls believe they are anonymous online, they are very brazen in their interactions and tend to say and do things to others that would be out of their character in the real world. As educators it is of upmost importance that we teach children how to protect themselves and where to go when they encounter problems with others online.
Social, cultural, and global awareness as well as understanding and acceptance should be taught to students as they will be interacting with other cultures using collaboration and communication tools. Students should go by the “Golden Rule” when interacting online by treating others as they would like to be treated. By knowing how to be responsible, tolerant, and sensitive citizens, students can work and collaborate effectively in a global and digital society. What might be okay to say in one culture may be offensive or insulting if said in another. Furthermore, what might be okay to share and download in one country can lead to ethical and legal issues in another. Students should also know that what would sound alright to say within a normal face to face conversation could come across as very different when interacting in an online environment. Emails and written communications should be clear and concise and written with the audience in mind. Pepitones’s article from CNN is one I have choose to include for cultural and social awareness. The US has very distinct and specific laws that relate to copy rights and intellectual properties. However, we can run into problems downloading information from other countries when we are not sure of their laws and how the US laws relate to what we are downloading. The following article lists some of those issues with piracy and copyright infringements.
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