The Grand Salon
This page contains the final culminating project for digital citizenship. You can access all the fifth week assignments and more resources for understanding digital citizenship at the bottom. Scroll down to see more.
Be the best ambassador possible – both digitally and locally.
This best symbolizes the ideals of HOBY. We train our “ambassadors” to be positive influences in their community and to make our world a better place. We seek to emphasize these roles in both their local communities and in the digital communities they are a part of. I thought that this model best symbolized the model set by Mr. Hugh O’Brian. More information about the brand is available in the weekly reflection below.
Introducing the Elements of Digital Citizenship at HOBY
Week 5 Reflection
The Final Verdict
As I look back on it, I think that this course was one of the most productive courses that have challenged me in this master’s program. I have learned that “digital citizenship” is our calling card for our online world that we live in. We are citizens of two countries, the one where we are born in, and the online global community that we become a part of. My biggest accomplishment in this course was the fact that I was able to look at the case studies and learn to make decisions based off of them. The biggest challenges that I had to overcome were trying to complete so many activities over a short period of time. The best work I did, I believe, were the case study responses involving Kylie Kenney and Ryan Halligan. I found out that by working together with others, we can develop good solutions to large problems and work together to solve them. If I were ever confronted with the challenge of cyberbullying, I would develop clever tactics that would deter these actions from ever taking place again.
When I consider my outside experiences, my role will involve teaching the importance of stopping cyberbullying in the corporate sector or in the HOBY organization. The case studies gave me a framework to use so that if I ever have to make decisions or take action when I move into my next job in Texas, I will be prepared to take on whatever role my “digital citizenship” experience will call for. If I had the chance to narrow down the most useful thing I learned in this course, it would be that our digital footprints are not going anywhere. They are only getting larger. It is important that we grow our digital citizenship role in a positive role that makes a difference in our communities or the better. As I will continue to expand my digital footprint now and into the future, I will continue to build on this point as I become an educational leader.
Overall, my favorite parts of this course were the case studies and the essays that we had to write, since I got a chance to draft a plan for how I would handle a situation that might come up in the future. I believe that all students should challenge their thinking on these assignments so that they can make the most of these opportunities. This technique helped me a lot, and I would impart this wisdom to all of my students.
The activities in this course are very good, and I love the “simulation” type feel they give you. The only thing I would change would be to cut down on the number of assignments that are given. I feel there are too many. Instead of reflections every week, require a big one at the end of, for example, 1,000 words demonstrating the knowledge gained in the course. I thought the problem was trying to do so many in only a week time. Since every assignment had about seven or eight parts, I had to work fast to get all of them finished. Please work on changing this in the future.
If I could speak to my friends about this course, I would simply say that we are all “digital citizens” of the world. It is up to us to know how to act, conduct ourselves positively online, and to speak out whenever we see something suspicious. Cyberbullying is a serious problem, and all of us have to play our role in solving it. If we also take the time to ensure that we give credit to a copyright holder, we might also open the doors to consider how the literary work came about. This could ignite the “spark of discovery” that all teachers should inspire in their students. We could connect with new sources of learning in this way. The big thing for us to remember is that we should “be the best ambassador possible, both digitally and locally.” When we become better ambassadors, we can become better citizens of the community in which we live, as well as the global community. The relationship between digital citizens is an “ambassadorship,” or collaborative partnership between people in online environments. The word “ambassador” also pays homage to HOBY ambassadors, the campers that come through our program. They are the people that we train to change the world. This concept should be the mission statement and mantra for all of us! With this in mind, my final verdict has been reached.
Below this reflection, I have included a list of resources that might be of use to anyone that wants to learn about digital citizenship.
More Resources for Understanding Digital Citizenship
- Digital Citizenship Means Responsible Use
- Digital Citizenship Unplugged
- The Strategy for Understanding Digital Citizenship
- Common Sense Education – Digital Citizenship
- The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship That All Students Must Understand