Thursday, July 22, 2010

Librarians teach Digital Citizenship


Every Thursday I am lucky enough to receive "From the Desk of David Pogue" email newsletter. As you can imagine I was beyond excited when I read this week's story title: "Q&A: Rumors, Cyberbullying and Anonymity". How incredibly awesome to bring to light a very prevalent topic in today's schools and in organizations. As I continued to read I was disappointed at the prevalent misunderstanding (and it's not just Pogue & Palfrey who are unaware here) that School's don't teach about digital citizenship, website evaluation tools and techniques, netiquette, cyberbullying and Internet safety.

In the article John Palfrey, professor of law and co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, states, "I think almost no emphasis is being put on giving kids the skills that they need to sort credible from non-credible information. Schools have to wake up and have to give those skills to our kids. It's the critical thinking skill of the 21st century that they're going to need, sorting credible from not credible information. And I think we're asleep at the switch."

Ugh...again.

How can we as School Librarians shout from the mountain-top that we do teach these skills? The ITSE NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) and the AASL Standards for the 21st-century learner are what we all teach to.

Promotion of what we do and how we help our school and our society through the information literacy skills, digital literacy skills and digital citizenship lessons is paramount in order to prevent the continued removal of School Librarians from Schools. I do not want to be part of a Nation without School Librarians.

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