FREE Resource: Digital Driver's License

From "Big Deal Media" -

Just as motorists take driver’s education to learn how to recognize and react to road situations, digital-age students need a course in how to navigate precarious situations online, such as cyberbullying and copyright infringement. That’s what led ISTE to develop the Digital Driver’s License (DDL) project, a free and easy-to-navigate resource that schools or individuals can use to teach and measure digital citizenship proficiency.  DDL is both a platform and curriculum...


From ISTE DDL Site

The idea of being a good digital citizen becomes more important as schools start to adopt 1:1 initiatives, get more comfortable with students bringing in their own technology and use various technology as a part of the learning process. Where does this get taught? Who teaches it? How do we keep track of all of this? How do we know what areas need addressing and/or follow up? The DDL project allows learners (wether they be students or teachers) to get exposure to concepts through cases. citizens.... If a student moves schools they can take their license with them. By providing schools with this mechanism to manage the data we hope to be a catalyst in helping schools move to NxGL environments by lowering the "activation energy" of a transition process and giving students (and teacher, principals, board members, parents, etc.) exposure to some fundamental concepts. Much like a drivers license, we don't expect this to turn students into "good drivers" but at least give them a base coat of knowledge to get them moving (Of course we'll never make any headlines using measured statements like that)....Remember catalysts speed up a reaction, but don't change the products (i.e. garbage in = garbage out, just at an accelerated pace). While we are pretty stoked about this initial implementation, the potential power of this comes when we people in the DDL comunity start adding additional content, so contribute. Make it better. See a sample case.

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