Consumption of digital content has become a daily part of teen and pre-teen students’ lives and teachers around the world are looking to keep pace with educational resources about Digital Citizenship, according to a 2011 survey conducted by the National Council for Digital Citizenship (NCDC).
NCDC conducted a survey of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) members last April to gain insight into educators’ understanding of digital citizenship and classroom needs. More than 1,200 respondents completed the survey. The results were notable:
- Experienced educators care about Digital Citizenship– 61% of respondents have been in their current role more than 5 years. 62% of respondents have more than fifteen years career experience.
- Digital Citizenship is a topic of strong interest– the survey offered nine potential webinar topics that all received an interest rating of 3.0 or higher on a 5.0 scale. Topics in high demand included “engaging students in Digital Citizenship concepts and behaviors” and “Digital Citizenship curriculum development for different learning levels.” 10.5% of respondents also took the opportunity to suggest other webinar topics they would like to see.
- Digital Citizenship means different things to different people– 64.6% of respondents, nearly two-thirds, said that they believe there is not a consistently used, shared definition of what digital citizenship means.
The results of the survey highlight the importance of the Digital Citizenship education initiative led by NCDC, a group of technology educators and media specialists made possible by sponsorship from Microsoft. In partnership with ISTE, which NCDC recently became a part of, the education initiative brings information and resources to educators and thought leadership to the international educator community.
A pillar of the initiative includes the Digital Citizenship and Creative Content website, an educational resource that features a turnkey curriculum with comprehensive classroom lesson plans that aligns with ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students (NETS) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standard for the 21st Century Learner among others.