Global Digital Citizenship

As I read my book, 21st CENTURY SKILLS I was very impressed with the examples of students that made a difference in their communities around the world. From the students in Sydney who uploaded data to track climate change trends, to the London students who prepared a plan to put a traffic light at a dangerous intersection near their school, these students found practical ways to bring about change. The Jewish, Muslim, and Christian students at a school for peace in Israel created a video sharing their ideas for peace in the Middle East. The one example that touched me the most was students in a Palo Alto robotics class that researched the needs of quadriplegics and those with mobility challenges. It was such a seamless blend of compassion, empathy, and service to mankind.
I had just visited with my 7th graders about the skills necessary to implement our 1:1 program next fall. They had a great grasp of what they needed to learn to be successful. It occurred to me that even basic concepts with a computer needed to be mastered to take the next step toward digital citizenship. As we progress with this venture, it will be interesting to see how the students can take these skills and apply them globally.

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Posted on 6 February 2012, in Digital Citizenship, Global Awareness and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Interesting that you compared ability to use a tool to passion for helping others. Both are areas of a total person we strive to help our students understand. Just so happens the tool in your mind right now is the laptop. Maybe we should talk with them about how we need a passion in them to want to learn to use the laptop so that they can survive in the global world in which they are required to live. Thanks for sharing.

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