Major Project Update #2 – Through the lens of Ribble’s 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship

In this week’s class we took a closer look  at Mike Ribble’s 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship. I have summarized my learning below:

  1. Digital Access – This element refers to who has equitable access to technology, and the possibilities for removing barriers to access to technology.
  2. Digital Commerce – This element involves understanding the benefits and risks to buying and selling online goods.
  3.  Digital Communication and Collaboration – This element includes the digital exchange or sharing of information. Specifically having students understand the messages that are being communicated to them, and evaluating their own communication and collaboration.
  4.  Digital Etiquette – A Set of standards for communication and conduct in online spaces.
  5.  Digital Fluency/ Literacy – It is most often assumed that as so called “Digital Natives” students are digitally literate simply because they can interact with technology easily. Digital Literacy involves Media Literacy and the practiced capacity to discern legitimate sources from false or misleading ones.
  6. Digital Health and Welfare – This element refers to a person’s physical and psychological well being as citizen of a digital world. For example for our students’ ability to balance the media messaging they receive while tending to their own identity formation.
  7. Digital Law – This element refers to both an understanding of sharing and crediting online content correctly, as well as adherence to the rules of online participation in a way that does not put others at risk of harm.
  8. Digital Rights and Responsibility – The rights and freedoms all participants in digital technology are entitled to, as well as a student’s responsibility to flag or report conduct that infringes on other’s rights.
  9. Digital Security and Privacy – Taking the proper precautions to protect oneself online including the protection of private information and data.

From here Ribble’s Elements are often categorized into three themes, Respect, Educate, Protect.

Image via Digital Citizenship Education for Saskatchewan Schools

I feel as though my project would primarily fall under the “Educate” Area. Most specifically the Digital Communication and Digital Literacy Elements.

Digital Communication – Since the main goal of the project is to raise awareness for the Michif Language in general, communicating a clear, and positive message regarding Métis culture and language is essential. If the idea is to reach and educate an audience beyond the classroom, then the communication must also include a participatory component.

Digital Fluency/Literacy – This project aims to raise awareness and educate, therefore all of the information I share via twitter and my final resource will need to be accurate.

Since I have found in my own experience there to be a lack of resources regarding the Métis culture I have struggled to find supplemental resources to use in the creation of this project that were reliable, and most importantly – that I have been able to verify. Thus far, I have relied upon the Gabriel Dumont Institute Michif Dictionary – and a local Métis Elder to then cross reference the words or make changes. This process has taken far longer to verify everything before I post than I had imagined, however it is only underscored the importance of this element for me when it comes to all teaching I do regarding Digital Citizenship.

PS: Check out the Wakelet I am currently building in conjunction with this project!

Which elements have been an important consideration for you in your projects?