Checklist for consideration

digital-citizenshipAs I read through the items on this wonderful Infographic from Mia, I kept thinking that the title might be broadened.   I love the ideas, the thoughts expressed but I believe it applies to all our lives.  I have often heard and agreed that ‘Digital Citizenship’ is unnecessary as in fact is really just part of Citizenship in general.

In fact, this list could also just as easily apply to our use of technology tools in schools. Many schools have embarked on 1:1 programs with anywhere, anytime access to technology.  I wonder if it would help teachers and students to apply this list as a filter when determining the value of these programs.   It could also help us plan for opportunities to maximise the value of the equipment – see it as a checklist perhaps? 

Are we using technology at appropriate times? Are students able to make these choices?

Are we sifting through the tools, the resources and making good choices? Applying digital literacy skills?

Are we disseminating information or knowledge we create?

Are we taking the opportunity to create a forum for our own voice as well as those others?

Are we gaining perspectives by using technology to listen to other points of view?

Are we using technology to truly participate in a learning community in a two way manner or just consuming what is found there?

Do we limit the use to times when technology actually performs a task that is better?   Considering the SAMR  model, do we use tech for substitution purposes and not take advantage of the transformational potential?

I think it is a powerful list, definitely useful for citizenship but can be applied elsewhere as well.   

What do you think ?