Global Citizenship: LICENSE

I am the creator of this LICENSE for Global Citizenship - it's not just digital anymore!

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The introduction of technology and social media changed communities forever. How we connect, collaborate, and communicate will never be the same. I took a hard look at the tenets of citizenship, digital citizenship, and character to create a unified theory of global citizenship. We can no longer look at any of these three ideas as a singular entity, but must look through a lens that encompasses each of them in a meaningful, comprehensive way. In an attempt to merge these ideas, I have developed a collection of principles, organized into the acronym “LICENSE”, designed to define what it means to be an exemplary member of a community - be it local, global, digital, or face to face.


  • Legitimacy
  • Identity
  • Community Impact
  • Education
  • Networks
  • Safety & Ethics


The idea of a “LICENSE” brings to mind different forms of the word - maybe a driver’s license, license plate, or professional license. Regardless of the specific type, a license identifies who you are, tells others about you, and serves as a symbol that you have met certain qualifying criteria. Similarly, the components of a citizenship LICENSE help individuals identify who they are, how they are perceived by others, and symbolize a comprehensive knowledge of the attributes of a model global citizen.

With each principle you will find a short explanation of the concept, the identified components of different types of citizenship, several recent news articles addressing the topics, and a series of challenges collected from leading citizenship organizations. Each of the challenges is meant to serve as a jumping off point for teachers and students to address the topic in the classroom. These challenges address all age groups and would fit in many classroom settings. I hope you’ll join me in my quest to educate students about the true meaning of global citizenship.

For more information visit www.digcitlicense.weebly.com!

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After working with hundreds of students and educators, this work was inspired by teachers asking for what kids really need today! Our students are creating amazing work, they need to learn how to create, share, and publish along with the safety and security!

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I added a printable sample "LICENSE" that students could receive at the end of the modules, but I'm open to ideas about how that could be made more accessible, interesting, or meaningful. I thought about Open Badges, but I felt like the badges detracted from the idea of a license.
https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/15-Zfd82S7v4xfKsqNFrJUF-KV0OESb9TmuAwx8Ywz64/edit

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Hi Leslie,

First of all, thanks for participating in this collaboration between the Teachers Guild and ISTE. We really appreciate your contributions!

We’re in the last week of the build phase of the challenge on digital citizenship so it’s time to fine tune your idea before final voting begins next week.

Here are some things to consider as you continue to build on your idea:
- is your idea clear and will it inspire action from other teachers?
- would it be easy for a teacher to incorporate your idea about digital citizenship in their classroom?
- does your idea include some component of research and are there shareable resources?
- is your idea student-centered and does it promote agency?

Thanks,
Paul

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Thanks Paul! I've been updating the website with new resources!

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I love this and would love to use some of it on my project as well. Digital Dynamo has some of the topics, but would really be enhanced with idea of a license. You can check it out if you would like. I would love ideas that would help make it more appealing. The license may be a better idea than just a portfolio. Great work here!

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Great way to tie everything together, and the weebly website it a great tool!!

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Thanks! It's a work in progress trying to stay up to date on research and current events that connect, but work that is well-worth it!

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Wow! STAND-OUT points in your post: "We can no longer look at any of these three ideas as a singular entity, but must look through a lens that encompasses each of them in a meaningful, comprehensive way." , "Similarly, the components of a citizenship LICENSE help individuals identify who they are, how they are perceived by others, and symbolize a comprehensive knowledge of the attributes of a model global citizen." Leslie, your idea reminds of this NY Times Article (http://nyti.ms/2krXJzfon) what young Americans need in a complex world. It talks about how the world goes beyond scoring well on standardized tests. “It’s an openness to new opportunities and ideas. It’s a desire to engage. It’s self-awareness about culture and respect for different perspectives. It’s comfort with ambiguity... Empathy and humility are big pieces of all of it.” It seems like you've fully built out this idea on your weebly site --love the reflection pieces. If I was a teacher and wanted to introduce this to my colleagues---what's a good 20 min starter activity? It's such a deep and well thought out topic---Where should one begin?

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That's a tough question! It's not 20 minutes, but here's a 45 minute keynote/overview I did for one of our regional service agencies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS36wOKsr0c

If I were going to do a 20 minute overview I'd focus on the mindset/why. The "about" piece and then let teachers identify an area where they wanted to see movement in their own classroom and dig in on their own. We just did an awesome activity at a workshop where we listed all the words on chart paper (or you could make it techy) that we wanted for our future graduates. When kids leave us we want them to.... _______. It helped us frame our thinking about the type of work we want students to do. I would then have teachers see how many of them could be placed in one category or another from the list and think about the ways that we want them to be truly well rounded, educated citizens. And if there are any major gaps I definitely want to know! ;)

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Hi Leslie...what a great framework! Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to checking out your website and curious to learn more about how students have responded to LICENSE.

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I am working with a 6th grade class now and the kids are doing some writing around our work in the classroom - I'm hoping to have student writing samples to share soon reflecting on some of our work!

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Leslie! This is really awesome. Have you used this in your classroom before? If so, what'd you think?

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Thank you! I'm a tech consultant now (former Social Studies teacher) so I don't have a classroom, but I taught it as an online professional development class for teachers and am using it with one of the teachers I work with now to work with a 6th grade class. I've found that with students it's best to focus on the 2-3 that you really want to make movement on and dig in deep to those. However, I loved it as an overview for teachers in each of the areas.

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Hi Leslie. I like your LICENSE framework! I am hoping that you will expand your description to explain the acronym and preview it before digging in to your website for more information. Thanks for sharing.
One other item -- when I went to your website, I didn't see a button for "safety and ethics."

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I edited the description, and there was a glitch with the "more" tab for safety and ethics - I think I fixed that now!