In our ECI 832 class we had a presentation from Dr. Mike Ribble regarding the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship and his newest book "“The Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders” (co-authored by Marty Park). The presentation really re-inforced the importance of not assuming this material will be taught in the home or in each subject separately. The question was posed that likely it could be a subject on its own that is a required class for all students. I think the best way to integrate this into Saskatchewan schools would be a curriculum update where digital citizenship is a key unit in English 9 or Social 9 (it could also be done in curriculums of primary and middle grades ELA or Social, or both) and teachers can then integrate the elements into areas of study, research and technology as this would not "add" more to the already full plate of what teachers and students are to learn in their time at school. In my attempt in integrating Ribble elements into my major project (a social activism / motivational project) looking to motivate students to be good people and live a great life, I will be mostly focusing on digital health and wellness with a small focus on digital etiquette and communication regarding kind communication and motivating others.
Although I have not fully conceptualized my major project (very busy hockey season and start to Semester 2), in my research, I have found that there are different roles and types of social activisim. The roles include respected citizen, rebel, change agent, reformer. I believe that I will embrace the respected citizen and change agent roles as they suit my personality and my responsibilites as a teacher and parent. Also, there are four main types of social activism which include advocate, subvert, facilitate, and heal. I believe I will focus on health and wellness by advocating for healthy digital habits and also facilitating through social media (likely Instagram and maybe TikTok or a website home-base) that inspires students to make healthy choices using phones, with peers and to live a life of fullness.
A couple handles that I have come up with include 'a life of abundance', or 'mindful of our time' or my favourite thus far 'Ins-PEER-ation' to try and have people inspire others to be their best. I still feel that my undertaking has to wide a scope and so I think that one of the major takeaways from Ribbles presentation will be to narrow down onto 1 or 2 elements as discussed in the introduction. Common sense media has developed some amazing lessons and research around media balance and well-being which I will look into further in the next week. The use of their characters is also a very useful tool as discussed by our class topic facilitators in their overview video of what is means to be a good digital citizen (link here). Students really seem to like themes and characters to represent concepts. This has me thinking of a little inspiring comic or cartoon theme on social media using an app called Flip-a-Clip I once used with Media 9 students, hmmm this just might be my medium to post on my platforms to inspire my content consumers ... but also may try a variety of techniques such as infographics, little videos or pictures with captions to see what catches!
Thank you for reading my blog this week and I look forward to any more ideas or suggestions that people have to offer, in narrowing my research or project!