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About Kristen Mattson
Dr. Kristen Mattson is a former K-12 educator and current adjunct professor serving pre-service teachers and school librarians at the College of DuPage and the University of Illinois. She is a nationwide speaker, delivering content around media and information literacy, digital citizenship and digital ethics to educators.
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More and more, people are waking up to the notion that the technology we hold in our hands each day is not a neutral tool that individual users control. The facade has been cracking for years amid accusations of election interference, with the public being introduced to the complexities of hacking, the concept of bot accounts, the larger threat of information warfare, and more. The rise in rhetoric around “fake news” has social media companies examining their role in the spread of misinformation, the public asking who checks the fact-checkers and everyone from politicians to tech conglomerates wondering if, when and how information regulation needs to happen.
Amid this backdrop, it has become clear that society needs thoughtful, empathetic digital citizens who can navigate the important ethical questions at the intersection of technology and humanity. This book is designed to help students consider the systems and structures in which they spend so much of their time, asking them to look at the technology around them through a critical lens.
Focusing on six big ethical questions being discussed in the technology sector and larger society today, chapters include:
- Key vocabulary you and your students will encounter in your investigation of each topic.
- A short summary of the current research and viewpoints on the topic from leading experts in their fields.
- News articles exploring the ethical questions playing out in society today.
- Focused research questions that students can use to explore the various aspects of the ethical dilemma.
- Stories of educators who are engaging students with lessons around tech ethics.
- A “Try This” section with instructional strategies for helping students navigate open-ended questions.
There are no clear right or wrong answers to the ethical issues presented inside these pages. But if you ascribe to the idea that technology is not neutral, if your students are already users of various technologies and if you understand that many of our students will go on to tech-related careers, is it ever too soon to begin talking about the ethics of technology with them?
Audience: 6-12 educators
For years, much of the available curricula for teaching digital citizenship focused on “don’ts.” Don’t share addresses or phone numbers. Don’t give out passwords. Don’t bully other students. The conversation then shifted, with digital citizenship curriculum moving toward teaching students how to positively brand themselves so that they would stand out for future scholarships and job opportunities.
In the end, both messages failed to address one of the most important aspects of citizenship: being in community with others. As citizens, we have a responsibility to give back to the community and to work toward social justice and equity. Digital citizenship curricula should strive to show students possibilities over problems, opportunities over risks and community successes over personal gain. Digital Citizenship in Action aims to do just that.
This book includes:
- Tips for creating a digital space where students can try something new, grow through mistakes, and learn what it means to be a citizen in different spaces.
- “Spotlight Stories” from teachers engaged with participatory digital citizenship that demonstrate how these ideas play out in actual classrooms.
- Featured activities to help you integrate these ideas into your classroom.
In this book, you’ll find practical ways to take digital citizenship beyond a conversation about personal responsibility so that you can create opportunities for students to become participatory citizens in online spaces.
Audience: 6-12 educators, curriculum directors and library media specialists