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Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction - Remembering My High School Library Preamble: Our Choice for Our Children: Two Lives or One? Part I. The Call to Digital Citizenship 1. Becoming Digital: The Road to Digital Citizenship A Short History of Educational Technology A Short History of ISTE Standards 2. Perspectives on Citizenship and Community Listening to the Ancient Human An Extremely Short History of Citizenship The Evolutuion of Community: From Farmland to Facebook Three Levels of Community in ISTE Standards You: Where Local, Global, and Digital Communities Intersect 3. Gathering Digitally Changing Minds: The Altered Self Perspectives on Organizational Communication in Digital Community Edward T. Hall and the Proxemics of Virtual Space Guidlines for Virtual Behavior Guidelines for Creative Online Learning Communities Some Closing Notes on Reorganizing Ourselves Part II. Seeing Technology 4. What Bothers Us About Technology Fear Is the Mind Killer Facing Our Fears Ubiquity Invasiveness Vulnerability Amplification Reducation Misreality Ephemeralness Permanence Indisconnectability Overwhelment Resocialization Sovereignty Dehumanization Obsolescence 5. Seeing Technology: A Primer Noticing Technology Seeing Exercises Seeing by Getting Philosophical What's Your Technology Mantra? What's Your School's Philosophy? 6. Becoming a "De-Tech-Tive": Helping Students Understand Technology's Impacts A Matter of Balance Becoming De-Tech-Tives Technology Connects and Disconnects Essential Questions of the De-Tec-Tive Process The De-Tech-Tive Process A Case Study of Conditional Acceptance: The Case of Digitally Retouching Photos Issues Are Everywhere A Favorite Project: The Energy Self-Study Using Stories McLuhan's Tetrad Part III. Character Education in the Digital Age 7. Imagining the Ideal School Board Party-Cipation: Setting the Stage What Concerns Us: The Extreme Edge of Freedom From Issues to Programs Lessons From the Past The Ideal School Board Background Materials for Creating an Agenda The Ideal School Board's First Agenda 8. Agenda Item 1: Helping Teachers Understand Their Own Ethical Framework What Is Your Ethical Core? Consider an Infosphere Issue Stirring the Muddy Waters An Ethical Framework: Categorical vs. Consequentialist Discussing Ethical Issues With Students 9. Agenda Item 2: A Crash Course About Kids Agenda Item 2, Topic A: What's Different About Digital Community Agenda Item 2, Topic B: Moral Development in Kids Agenda Item 2, Topic C: Brain Development, Kids, and Moral Thinking The Future of Neuro-Morality Research Helping Students Develop Character 10. Agenda Item 3: Character Education for the Digital Age Connecting Digital Citizenship And Character Education The Essence Of Character Education A Short History Of Character Education Character Education Begins With Values Character Education Standards and Evaluation 11. Agenda Item 4: Literacy in the Digital Age Shift From Text-Centrism To Media Collage Value Writing, Now More Than Ever Adopt Art as the Next R Blend Traditional And Emerging Literacies: Practice the DAOW Harness Both Report and Story Practice Private and Participatory Social Literacy Develop Literacy Not Just With Digital Tools, but Also About Digital Tools Pursue Fluency Rather Than Just Literacy 12. Agenda Item 5: What Role for IT? Retuning Your IT Department Taking the Next Step ISTE Standards for IT Personnel? Epilogue: Advice? Of Course! References Index

About the Author

Learn more about Jason Ohler's PD offerings Jason Ohler is a speaker, writer, teacher, researcher, and lifelong digital humanist who is well known for the passion, insight, and humor he brings to his presentations and writings. He is author of numerous articles, books, and teacher resources and continues to work directly with teachers, administrators, and students. Combining twenty-five years of experience in the educational technology field with an eye for the future, Ohler connects with people where they are, and helps them see their importance in the future development of living, learning, and working in the Digital Age. Although he is called a futurist, he considers himself a nowist, working nationally and internationally to help educators and the public use today's tools to create living environments that we are proud to call home.


"From Plato to 'Leave it to Beaver,' Jason Ohler sets our current struggles with digital citizenship in the context of humanity's ongoing quest for developing good, productive, responsible citizens." -- Joe Brennan, Instructor, Discovery Education

"Jason Ohler excels at showing how digital connections are affecting almost every aspect of school life. This is an important read for anyone wanting to understand technology's impact on education."

-- Will Richardson, Author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
"This dynamite book will be very helpful for educators who face the challenge of rapid accommodation in this new world." -- Nancy Willard, Executive Director
"Jason Ohler explores the tensions that evolve as technology shakes the foundations of our moral, social, political, and philosophical perspectives. A great read." -- Scott Christian, Director of Academic Technology
"With balance and great insight, Ohler explores how Digital Citizenship is a part of our day-to-day lives: providing concrete examples, anecdotes and activities in support of the readers' understanding of how this impacts their lives." -- John Mikton, Director of Information Technology
"This book provides an in-depth analysis of how the internet and technology affect the very nature of learning, relationships, and schooling. This is a book that every teacher and school administrator should read to understand the full impact and significance of technology in education." -- Greg Kearsley, Director of Graduate Studies in Education
"Digital citizenship is an important area of study. This text helps educators at all levels to understand not only the history, but also the future of technology and our society, and technology and our schools." -- Jill Gildea, Superintendent
"This book is a 'must read' for anyone who educates children and youth in the 21st century. The digital aspects of global citizenship are clearly set forth with numerous thought-provoking examples and questions." -- Karen L. Tichy, Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Special Education
"The author articulates in layman's terms the importance of reflecting on our digital age and how we must integrate technology into our classrooms and school activities." -- Lori L. Grossman, Manager, Academic Training
"The author provides a compelling and refreshing look at the role of technology in education and in the lives of our students." -- Richard Yee, Principal
"The rationale for the importance of developing critical thinkers with a conscience for the rights of others was evident throughout the text. This book could easily become a field guide for administrators, school boards, and technology educators." -- Roxie R. Ahlbrecht, Second Grade Math Teacher Leader
"This timely and highly relevant title examines the impact technology has in the life of educators and their students. The book includes practical examples infused with infectious wit, helps educators appreciate the impact of technology in the world and the classroom." -- Jamie Campbell

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