Digital Citizenship and crowdsourcing – what the kids are saying

I began my search to see what I might find on Digital Citizenship and Crowdsourcing, a topic that is being particularly interesting to me and I begin this class. A video with that exact title came up in a google search.

I realized that it was created to fulfill a class project so I begin looking around for other online presentations that students from the same class might have posted. I’m sure none of them expected for someone to try to put together a picture of what they were all studying into any like of collection. As a student, except for your teacher, or maybe your program, I don’t think that thought would even cross your mind.

I think I was successful in hunting down other projects for the same class/assignment. They were all posted within about two weeks of each other. (click image to go to the individual presentations)

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Grouped and separated out by same student

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And I think this is probably the class that these students were taking. Although, it seems that seeing how the university is calling itself an :Open University” you’d be able to find more course content other then this syllabus.

So what does this all mean. After reviewing all of the presentations I saw these common themes:

Qualifications of a digital citizen

  • requires extensive skill, knowledge and access to the internet through a variety of devices
  • Kids know how to use devices (user friendly) even before they step in school
  • Definition: appropriate and responsible behavior with regards to technology
  • Crowdsourcing can apply to a variety of topics, but basically you have some work you need completed or you have a question you need answered and you get help for a crowd to contribute to a solution.

Things to remember as a digital citizen

  • Security and privacy
  • Share smartly
  • Search and share ethically
  • Follow your footprint
  • Some information can be used to harm you
  • Protect yourself, protect others.

One student included the nine themes of Digital Citizenship as outlined by Mike Ribble which seems to be pretty prevalent as a model to follow when teaching about digital citizenship in K-12. What I found interesting on this site is that there was training for adults and for kids, as well as a “pledge” for digital citizenship for adults and kids, especially this line in the kids pledge, “I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology. “

In one of the chosen genre’s of MMS 141, I’ve created (for the first time) a Powtoon based on the Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship. Presented here for your viewing pleasure:

As a Make and Share, I found Powtoons to be pretty fun and easy to use. As a new customer, I got free access to all the premium tools. I was able to add additional actions to the layout I chose that they created. This was helpful. There are a lot of options for pre-made slides and layouts that you can edit with your own content. Anything that is already on the slide you can swap or edit so with a little hunting around you might find a slide that has enough elements on it that you can do what you want without the premium access. Next time: experiment with a voice-over instead of using the lovely soundtrack :).

I also highly suggest creating a movie and then when you’re just about done, importing a super large image (by mistake). This will take things down and when you try to reopen your untitled, unsaved movie, you realize you have to start over. Repetition, teachers, you learn by doing something over again. You find efficiencies you didn’t know about when you first started and it is a good lesson that all software platforms aren’t like Google with a built-in auto-save.

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