A Community-Based Approach
Make responsible digital citizenship part of your school’s culture!
Use this book’s community-based approach to building digital citizenship to teach, learn, and thrive in today’s digital environment. Expertly navigate the pitfalls of the digital world, take hold of the plethora of opportunities available to you, and confidently engage in online connections without fear! Educators, parents, and students will discover how to:
- Protect privacy and leave positive online footprints
- Understand creative credits and copyright freedoms
- Foster responsible digital behaviors through safe and secure practices
- Enlist all stakeholders to help ingrain digital citizenship into the school culture
The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.
Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.
"Susan Bearden has written a definitive work on the most salient issue facing contemporary education.”
Matt Harris, Chair of the Board of Directors
International Society for Technology in Education
"Susan Bearden understands that students’ education requires the education of all of us: parents, administrators, community members. In clear, poignant terms she spells out what each of us needs to do to become an inspired, responsible digital citizen. This is a must read book for anyone wanting to know how to address our concerns about our online lives, while focusing on all the good that the networking world has to offer."
Jason Ohler, Professor
University of Alaska
"Susan Bearden has written a definitive work on the most salient issue facing contemporary education. Her approaches towards explaining Digital Citizenship and offering impactful action for all members of a school community are invaluable. Schools at every step in the Digital Citizenship journey should read this book and implement its recommendations."
"Susan Bearden has provided a concise handbook on a topic that every educator should be learning about, that of Digital Citizenship. This guide offers for busy professional educator a focused understanding on a topic that many still have little knowledge. She has explained complex topics in a way that is easy to comprehend while still providing the necessary information. Additionally, Susan has provided real-world examples to help offer a roadmap for educators to follow or to issues to take notice. In a time of educational change and increased use of technology in the classroom, Susan has created a tool to assist educators at all levels."
"Educators, parents, and children are doing their best to navigate education technology in this Renaissance of technology and communication. Susan Bearden starts by acknowledging that many adults have as much to learn about the online world as students do. Her suggestions for how to model positive digital citizenship, backed up by examples from real schools across the country, are actionable and realistic for any busy school leader. In an era of intense debate, Bearden doesn’t shy away from CIPPA, COPPA, FERPA, or the student data privacy discussion that is ongoing at the national level. This book is essential for educators, parents, and policy-makers."
"Susan Bearden has written an important, articulate book packed with practical wisdom about helping everyone navigate the opportunities and anxieties of the connected world. While she is focused on helping students, she understands that their education requires the education of all of us: parents, administrators, community members. In clear, poignant terms she spells out what each of us needs to do to become an inspired, responsible digital citizenship so we can create the kinds of communities we want. This is a must read book for anyone wanting to know how to address our concerns about our online lives, while focusing on all the good that the networking world has to offer."
"Why do all of us – teachers, parents, school leaders, and the members of the community – need to learn and support our kids learning about Digital Citizenship? Susan Bearden’s book is a wonderful primer on the subject. As Susan writes: “Digital citizenship education is not solely ‘the school’s responsibility’ or ‘the parent’s responsibility,’ but is instead a community responsibility.” All of us together are smarter than any of us alone. This point is underscored in my favourite line from the book: “Every step we take to educate the village helps all adults in the school community be better role models for our students.” It’s a short, but very thorough, good read."
"In order for schools to successfully integrate technology, they must create a culture of digital citizenship. Susan understands that it 'takes a village' with teachers, students, administrators, and parents working together to create that culture. She offers a comprehensive guide with practical advice, strategies, resources, and lessons learned. Considering Susan's school received a Digital Citizenship Certification by Common Sense Education, she knows first-hand what works. And ultimately, the goal is for everyone - not just students - to think critically, behave safely, participate responsibly, and harness the potential the digital world has to offer."
- Flipped leadership
- Tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities
- Blogging for educators
- Best practices for establishing a makerspace
- Tools to connect and empower teachers
Finally, all of the authors are active on social media, and they regularly present at local conferences, which helps in bringing to life the contents of these books."