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As you say, this is an opportunity to expand on what we define as "digital citizen." In schools, so often digital citizenship curriculum is limited to online safety, anti-bullying, etc... and not the real issues we are confronted with and how we make choices to be a contributing citizen in our world to make it a better place. The multilayered issues Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is talking about and the way he lays out his arguments makes me think that maybe the term "digital citizen" isn't strong enough, or maybe because I've branded that term to the limited curriculum in school that I don't make the connections with what he is talking about and that term. 

Elizabeth McCarthy, MAT
Digital Learning Specialist
Google Education Trainer
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On Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM, Adam Provost <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Folks,

I ranted awhile back on the need to expand the scope of teaching 'Digital Citizenship.' Here's one current follow-up example.

I've been working with some teachers on exploring this article in Time Magazine by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The issues made public by LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is explored in many layers in Jabbar's article succinctly. 

Great question for students... "What are some of the important issues here in the article?"  "What should be done about this?" As Abdul-Jabbar points out, "All this other stuff I listed above has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun?"

Material like this can lead to thought-provoking conversations / explorations on the many layers of racism in modern media, the approach of modern media to these issues, acceptable use questions, ethical and moral use... just to name a few in the trials of becoming a 'digital citizen.' 

Adam

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Adam A. Provost, MAT
Technology Integration - Partnership for Change Initiative 

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