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#DigiFoot12 Week 3- Reflecting on the Course Content: What’s Digital Citizenship?



I am introduced to the concept of “Digital Citizenship” thanks to #DigiFoot12 and our great and inspring PLN.

I feel the buzz words that define being a “Digital Citizen” are; copyrights, netiquette and leaving smart foot prints and digital heritage.

(Poster taken from: Common Sense Media)

In Edorigami wiki page it’s argued that digital Citizenship encompasses some certain characteristic behaviours which involve:

  1. Respecting yourself
  2. Protecting yourself
  3. Respecting others
  4. Protecting others
  5. Respecting intellectual property
  6. Protecting intellectual property


#DigiFoot12 PLN stessed similar opinions and you can take a look at different (and similar perceptions) by clicking here

One of the inspring questions was to think about borders between character development and digital citizenship and think about the interaction between these, making such borders blurry. Also I have to say that like many others I also think that adressing the whole person development would foster a more solid ground for establishing the idea of digital citizenship. Otherwise we-teachers may end up with more students who would say “But I did not plagiarise I just copied some parts from the internet. It’s still me who put those bits and pieces into one work and it’s mine!”. Some concepts that are related to not only character development but also digital citizenship can be found here: Please Click here.

Our lead detective Scott Monahan presented the essence of Digital Citizenship from multiple perspectives, sharing a variety of resources about:

  • Digital Citizenship & Students

ISTE & Students

  • Digital Citizenship and Teachers

ISTE & Teachers 

At this point I would like to say that one of the main aims of the website of Iste NETs for Teachers is to raise awareness about open and sheltered places that educators can make use of  in the design of their ICT use. The most important factor is to consider advantages and potential harms of using one over the other. I means students can use open tools such as Twitter or sheltered places that are password protected,or where they remain anonymous, e.g. privacy settings-controlled classroom wiki page which may require membership.

  • Digital Citizenship & Parents

Scott Monahan’s presentation

Digital Footprints – do you know where your child’s is leading?


The other sources that could help educators involve the following:

Thanks a lot to leading mentors/detectives, participants and organizers of  #DigiFoot12 MOOC for a highly inspirational week which was full of useful hints and creative teaching ideas.

It opened a new door for me.

2 Comments to

“#DigiFoot12 Week 3- Reflecting on the Course Content: What’s Digital Citizenship?”

  1. August 10th, 2012 at 11:24 am       Rita S Says:

    Asli, your blog posts are a course in themselves. Thank you sharing and reflecting on the rich content and how you are utilizing it. For digital citizenship, I like the bullet characteristics as starters. Great way to unpack best practices for my elementary students. @ritaas

  2. August 12th, 2012 at 9:28 pm       aslisaglam Says:

    Hello Rita, thanks alot for your encouraging comments.
    I teach university students between 18-24 and I feel that it’s a bit late to talk about digital citizenship then. Of course, better late than never, but, I really appreciate all your efforts to teach kids at younger age and my awareness is is raised as a result of participating in #DigiFoot12 MOOC. Also, I am very curious about how you introduce concepts such as “being a digital citizen”, “cybersafety & cyberbullying” and leaving smart footprints” to young learners. Kind regards, asli

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