ISTE Standards for Coaches 7: Coaches model digital citizenship and support educators and students in recognizing the responsibilities and opportunities inherent in living in a digital world.
A digital citizen advocate models all aspects of digital citizenship while empowering educators and students to recognize their role as digital citizens. This means inspiring and encouraging civic engagement through technology as a way to address challenges and improve communities, e.g. utilizing authentic real-world problems and instructional frameworks such as project-based learning. Digital citizen advocates partner with stakeholders across the educational spectrum in order to foster a respectful culture online where each individual can demonstrate a healthy balance of technology usage. Additionally, all of this means supporting the ability to critically examine media sources and bias so that these can be effectively practiced in school and classroom settings. Digital citizen advocates accomplish these tasks through empowerment of educators, leaders, students, and their families when it comes to making informed online decisions around protecting personal data, the data of others, and curating intentional and authentic digital profiles.
7a Use technology for civic engagement – Inspire and encourage educators and students to use technology for civic engagement and to address challenges to improve their communities.
7b Culture of respectful online interactions – Partner with educators, leaders, students and families to foster a culture of respectful online interactions and a healthy balance in their use of technology.
7c Critically examine the sources of online media – Support educators and students to critically examine the sources of online media and identify underlying assumptions.
7d Informed decisions – Empower educators, leaders and students to make informed decisions to protect their personal data and curate the digital profile they intend to reflect.