Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World

Subjects: Digital Literacy, Ethics & Communities
Grade Level: 9-12
Source: Project New Media Literacies

Our Space is a new series of teaching units to teach ethical thinking and is available, free of charge.  Our Space was co-developed by The Good Play Project (Harvard Graduate School of Education) and Project New Media Literacies (Established at MIT and now housed at University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism).

The partners “define ethical thinking as the capacity to think about one’s roles and responsibilities in the communities in which one participates, offline and online.”

The casebook is divided into five units, each of which focuses on a core theme:
•    participation,
•    identity,
•    privacy,
•    authorship and ownership, and
•    credibility.

Each unit contains a series of lesson plans that can be used with or without digital technologies.  The units and lessons can be used in any order and are designed for high school classes.  As with any learning activity, Our Space could be adapted to younger ages or be taught outside of school settings in, for example, after school programs or at Boys and Girls Clubs.

The Good Play Project is a study of how young people think about ethical issues in online spaces. Project New Media Literacies is an educational initiative focused on promoting the social skills and cultural competencies required to meaningfully engage with participatory culture.

Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World

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