By Jason Ohler

An all-inclusive roadmap to citizenship within the twenty first Century

Best-selling writer, educator, and futurist Jason Ohler demanding situations all readers to redefine our roles as voters in today’s globally hooked up infosphere. His textual content aligns the method of training electronic citizenship with the ISTE criteria definition, and makes use of an “ideal university board” equipment to deal with fears, possibilities, and the serious problems with personality schooling. those concerns include:

  • Cyberbullying, “sexting,” and different defense concerns

  • Students’ skill to creatively entry and significantly investigate information
  • Respect and ethics relating to copyrighted information
  • Communicating adequately in an accelerated and public realm

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The first set stresses technology operations and integration. The subtext is that technology is to be used effectively “within the box” to support whatever best practices in education are in use at the time. In contrast, the new standards make clear that technology is changing educational practice in deep FYI ways, and that out-of-the-box thinking has become part of Creativity Is Important for Students Too the new paradigm. We can discern the changes Refreshed Standard 1 for students (2007) reads, reflected in the refreshed stan“11.

While Plato called for state-run schools to help educate citizens in the ways of virtue, schooling was reserved for only the elite classes. • 29 30 • The Call to Digital Citizenship In order to honor my promise to be brief like Mel Brooks, I fast-forward past Aristotle (my apologies, historians) to the Roman Empire, which spanned a millennium, from roughly 500 BCE to 500 CE, and provided us language, customs, intellectual perspectives, and forms of social organization that exist today. In many ways, we in the West are the products of Greek and Roman times.

Above all, citizens needed to be virtuous and engaged in their community. According to Plato, these behaviors were best cultivated through education. Yet The Republic still falls short by modern standards of citizenship. While representative government was key to The Republic, it was skewed toward representation of the wealthy. This was reflected in the political makeup of Plato’s city, Athens, where women, day workers, peasants, slaves, and foreign expatriates did not have the political rights enjoyed by true citizens of the mercantile and ruling classes (Hansen, 2006).

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