8-Digital Citizenship

Acronyms: L1 – first language  L2 – second language

Reading and reflecting on the Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship I realized that I have been implementing some of them without realizing that they are official “themes”.

A couple of examples:

Digital Access (Theme 1) – “Working toward equal digital rights and supporting access to technology is the starting point of digital citizenship.”

In my class there is a huge gap between those students  with little or NO previous education in their L1 (1st language) and and those who completed a college education in their L1. By adding the technology lab and use of devices as a regular part of our curriculum all students now have the opportunity to gain not only English Language fluency but also fluency in the use of technology.

Digital Literacy (Theme 4) – “Learners must be taught how to learn in a digital society…to learn anything, anywhere, anytime.”

With the opportunity to use technology in the classroom students are discovering that they can practice their L2 skills from their digital devices . They are also learning how to create, collaborate and share what they’re learning with each other and with the world.  This component becomes more and more powerful as they gain proficiency in L2  and add more and more digital tools to their toolbox.


The apps I use with the beginners already restrict access to creative commons images and automatically add citations (see examples at the end of this blog) so I will focus on the advanced students for this practice. I plan to:

1) Adapt the  lesson on Information Literacy from Commonsense Media: This lesson includes key vocabulary that is essential for English Language literacy and Digital Literacy at the same time.

2) Provide more detailed information about copyright and citation. Although I have shown this group how to search for images within Google Docs (which automatically adds citations), they tend to go out and search Google directly and copy-paste the images into their document. I can use the information from Thing 9 to solidify the materials for this unit.

3) Use the entire Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship document as for vocabulary, comprehension and a reflective essay activity.

Examples of images cited in Shadow Puppet Edu




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