Digital citizenship is one of the key parts of learning today

digital-citizenshipDiscussions about U.S. students’ ability to compete in a global economy, and their ability to use skills such as critical thinking and problem solving to succeed in college and the workforce, are commonplace. But central to those discussions is an issue that impacts nearly everything today’s tech-centric students do: digital citizenship.

While not a new concept or effort, digital citizenship may not be at the forefront of every school leader’s mind. But it should be, said Jason Borgen, program director of the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) in the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Calif.).

“Digital citizenship shifts the way we do business and what we prepare our students for,” Borgen said, speaking on April 5 at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. “Lots of recruiters don’t even look at resumes; they look at potential employees’ social media sites. We all have a digital footprint today. We’re all connected globally.”

(Next page: Digital citizenship’s nine important considerations)

Laura Ascione

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