Teaching digital citizenship = leading by example

Leading by example = being online + social networking + publishing & creating + connecting & facilitating

Teaching in a world characterised by networked information, mobile devices, social media and an omnipresent participation in online environments necessitates embedding digital citizenship into classrooms across the curriculum. In particular, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) stipulate the embedding of digital competencies into learning areas across the curriculum through the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability (ACARA, 2014, ICT capability across the curriculum, Para 1).

The question, is how do we teach digital citizenship? A starting point is for teachers to practice what they need to teach. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) considers it paramount for teachers to possess the skills and behaviours necessary for participation in the digital age and to model these for students (2008). Clark (in Hollandsworth, Dowdy & Donovan, 2011, p.38), Ribble (2011, loc.1901) and Lindsay & Davis (2013, p.98) are also among those advocating the necessity for teachers to lead by example in the arena of digital citizenship.

This following slideshow contains four slides that will present methods for teachers to model effective attitudes and practices in digital environments. It seems obvious, that to model digital citizenship, the first step teachers need to take is to participate online.  Once online, teachers need to belong and contribute to networks, go beyond consuming information and start publishing and creating and facilitate student connections.


Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website on 5 May, 2014). Information and communication technology (ICT) capability [PDF]. Australian Curriculum Assesment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

Hollandsworth, R., Dowdy, L., & Donovan, J. (2011). Digital citizenship in K-12: It takes a village. TechTrends, 55(4), 37-48. Retrieved March 28, 2015.

International Society for Technology in Education. (2008). ISTE Standards: Teachers [PDF]. Arlington: International Society for Technology in Education. Retrieved March 27, 2015, from http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-T_PDF.pdf

Lindsay, J., & davis, V.A. (2013). Citizenship.  In Flattening classrooms. engaging minds:  move to global collaboration one step at a time (pp. 97-125).  Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Becon Publishers.

Ribble, M. (2011). Digital citizenship in schools. Eugene, Or.: International Society for Technology in Education.

1 Comment on Teaching digital citizenship = leading by example

  1. Jo quinlan
    March 28, 2015 at 9:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I agree Helen, we need to practise what we preach. While teachers do not have to be the expert, we certainly need to be comfortable operating in each of the roles that you outline in your beautifully presented slide show to be able to bring a sense of being a digital citizen to the students that we teach. The ISTE standards are a useful tool for us as teachers to show the breadth of what it means to be a digital citizen.


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