Digital Communications: Electronic Exchange of Information
"Cell phones, social networking, and texting have changed the way people communicate. These forms of communication have created a new social structure governing how, when and with whom people interact" (Ribble, 2011, p. 23). "Furthermore, digital communication is integrally connected with global understanding, multicultural respect, diversity and tolerance" (Berson & Berson, 2004, p.5). Therefore it is imperative that students learn cultural sensitivity in order to foster collaboration in a global community (Berson & Berson, 2004, p.5).
Digital Communication Issues (Ribble, 2011, p. 24):
personal video calls (Skype)
Digital Etiquette: Standards of Procedures Online
Digital etiquette includes the respect associated with face-to face interactions but has to take into account that users usually cannot see or hear each other, and therefore must take extra care to be well-mannered. An important element of digital etiquette is being aware of, and avoiding, cyberbullying. It also includes steps to take to protect yourself when someone is bullying you online.
Digital Etiquette Issues (Ribble, 2011, p. 30)
Using technology in ways that minimize the negative effects on others
Using technology when it is contextually appropriate
Respecting others online: not engaging in cyberbullying, flaming, [or] inflammatory language [Flaming is a hostile interaction and may include name-calling or insults.]
Digital Access: Full electronic Participation in Society
Digital access refers to an individual's ability to utilize digital technologies within school and within the community. The digital divide refers to lack of access due to factors such as low income, lower socio-economic status, geographical regions (i.e. rural areas often have less access to the internet than do urban areas), and language/literacy.
Digital access issues (Ribble, 2011, p. 18):
Equitable access for all students
Accommodations for students with special needs
Programs for increasing access outside schools
A recent access issue is blocking filters used by many districts or schools. They are used to protect students but in actuality, prevent students from learning the life-long skill of using these sites responsibly.