Using Comics and Digital Storytelling to Teach Digital Citizenship


Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 2.38.21 PM“With great power comes great responsibility.” You may have heard this quote, associated with the comic, Spiderman. This quote can also be used as a mantra for digital citizenship with your students. Comics are a great avenue to teach digital citizenship, through themes of virtue, right and wrong, and superheroes coming in to save the day. In edWeb’s Digital Citizenship community’s last webinar, middle school teacher, Jeff Brain, shared the program he has developed where students learn digital citizenship, digital storytelling, both writing and illustrating, and media creation skills. The program, Where Heroes Are Made (WHAM), helps students not only learn digital citizenship skills, including cyber-ethics, copyright, research skills and current trends in technology, but empowers students to embody themselves as digital superheroes and as characters in graphic novels, addressing challenges of the online world.  This webinar taught participants how to use comics as a vehicle to teach students to be safe, responsible, respectful, and informed participants in the digital world.

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Digital Citizenship is a professional learning community (PLC) that provides ideas and discussions about how to help kids be safe, responsible, and respectful participants in a digital world.  This community will help you stay connected, share ideas, and get support from colleagues on issues such as: cyberbullying, privacy, digital footprints, copyright and plagiarism, information literacy, and Internet safety.

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