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Hot Topics in Technology

It is difficult for users to keep up with what is new and important in the world of digital technology. This page has been created to provide some resources for teachers/parents/users on some of the latest technological changes. There are some resources that are specifically tied to the Digital Citizenship in Schools book.  To access all these resources please see the Digital Citizenship handbook on the Publications page.

Social Networking

Social networking sites such as Facebook™ and MySpace™ have become very popular among students as well as adults.  These sites allow users to communicate and share information.  These sites can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection including Smartphones.  All users need to be aware of the information that is shared on these sites to protect their identity as well as friends.


With the popularity of the blog, online users have gone one better. Instead of just written journals the podcast allows for auditory programs to be produced for anyone to download to an MP3 player. Many people are using the podcasts to create information for others to learn, it also allows for users to take the information with them where ever they take their player.


Twitter is a micro-blogging site.  It allows users to post short messages (or Tweets) of 140 characters or less.  The origin of Twitter started with cell phones (this is the reason for the small number of characters) but has grown beyond its original idea.  Users enjoy Tweeting as it is a quick and easy way to share information.

Other Resources

Resources from the Digital Citizenship in Schools handbook.

Digital Compass and Technology Driver’s License Activities

Multiple Activities for technology users

Activities for trainers of adults

Parent Pledge for Digital Citizenship

Child Pledge for Digital Citizenship

ISTE 2012 Poster Session
General Digital Citizenship Presentation
Workshop for Osseo, MN School District

Presentation for Australian Schools 

Watch YouTube video of education technology leaders discussing Digital Citizenship at the Family Online Safety Institute' s (FOSI) conference in November 2010.

Radio Broadcasts:

Internet of Unintended Consequences with Tom Oder and Deb Gonzalez (October 15, 2015) 

Education Talk Radio with Larry Jacobs (September 14, 2015)

Ananda Leeke Show with Ananda Leeke (July 14, 2015)

Other websites and groups working on Digital Citizenship:

DigiTeen Project (Multinational group working on Digital Citizenship for Teenagers)

Net Family News (Author Anne Collier was one of the Co-Chairs for the Online Safety Working Group)

Jason Ohler Website (Author of Digital Community, Digital Citizen)

Common Sense Media (updated website with Digital Citizenship information)

New South Wales Department of Education and Training Digital Citizenship Resource (Australia)

Lester B. Pearson School Board - Digital Citizenship: Preparing Students for the Future (Canada)

Cable Impacts Digital Citizenship Resources

Net Literacy Website and Resources

State of Kentucky Digital Driver's License Program

Province of Alberta Digital Citizenship Policy Development Guide (Canada)

Digital Citizenship in Schools - Scoop It Site

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