Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy - Recommendations & Resources
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Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy - Recommendations & Resources

Brief Definitions
Digital citizens recognize and value the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they engage in safe, legal and ethical behavior (adapted from ISTE 2016 Student Standards).

Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and act using a variety of forms of communication (from National Association of Media Literacy Education).

See also Expanded Definitions of Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy

Legislation and Legislative Report
Legislation passed in 2016 (SSB 6273) required the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene an advisory group to identify successful practices and recommend media literacy and digital citizenship improvements statewide. Here are their recommendations, included as part of their Digital Citizenship Report to the Legislature.

  1. Convene a working group to update the state K–12 learning standards for educational technology that align with the advisory group's definitions of digital citizenship and media literacy, national standards and learning standards in all subjects.
  2. Consider possible revisions to district policies to better support digital citizenship, media literacy, or Internet safety in schools.
  3. Create a web-based location to recommended successful practices and resources and work with the K–12 community and other stakeholders to identify and develop additional Open Educational Resources to support digital citizenship, media literacy and Internet safety in schools.
  4. Provide support for professional development for teachers, focused on integrating digital citizenship and media literacy in all core standards, starting with English Language Arts and Social Studies.
  5. Examine improvements in districts' library information and technology programs as defined in state law to determine ways in which teacher librarians can lead, teach and support digital citizenship and media literacy across all grades and content areas.

See also Expanded Recommendations for Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy

Current Successful Practices Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy

Links to Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Resources

Elements of Successful District Implementations

Library Information Technology Framework

Digital Citizenship Survival Kit



   Updated 12/20/2016

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