Digital Citizenship Was So Last Week

Last week was Digital Citizenship Week. My Twitter and RSS feed was full of posts about activities teachers were doing with students around the topics related to working responsibly online. Lots of pictures of kids doing digital citizenship stuff.

But what about this week? Will Internet safety, validating information, and fair use of copyrighted content continue to be front and center in classrooms?

In most schools, the answer, of course, is no.

As with Hour of Code, Digital Learning Day, and many other education-related special events, these topics are highlighted for a specific amount of time and then we go back to “normal”. There’s a reason why none of them are scheduled in the spring during testing season.

Certainly there are some teachers who keep these important topics in front of their classes every day. Better yet, they continually model best practices for working on and learning with the web in full view of their students.

However, if any of these topics and issues were really important, they would not be optional, distinctive occasions. Digital citizenship, coding, and the rest would be a core part of the standard curriculum, essential learning for every student.

Instead of one-and-done annual diversions from “real” learning. After all, none of this stuff is on the test.