The world is becoming flatter, as they say. This is because the internet and digital technology have paved the way for faster and more collaborative interaction among nations and peoples. As the number of students in schools interact digitally, in content, with one another, and communities, the digital citizenship becomes more and more important to take into consideration.
What is digital citizenship? Digital citizenship is formally defined as “the quality of a individual’s response to membership in a digital community.” It is the self-monitored participation that reflects conscious interdependence with all visible and non-visible community members. Moreover, digital citizenship is also defined as self-monitored habits that sustain and improve digital communities people enjoy and depend on.
Recently, our students in Basic Education were certified as digital citizens of the world. They completed online activities that made them become digital citizens. These activities are part of their Artificial Intelligence (AI) class. With the citizenship, SMC students have acquired habits, actions, and consumption patterns that impact the ecology of digital content and communities. They can already communicate with respect, respecting other’s privacy, seeing things from another perspective, adding helpful information/context to a discussion or wiki page, supporting others by offering useful feedback, encouraging them, or sharing work they are proud of.