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  1. This is pretty timely for me. I had a similar thread in my #InnovatED quick session last month, and I'm doing a session that will invoke some of these ideas at the Martin Institute's summer conference next month. Wanna Skype in? :)

    I've been thinking in terms of Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Fair (Ethical), but you've got me thinking I might want to expand my conversation. I like how you've incorporated critical thinking and creativity into the definition.

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    1. I think kindness, fairness and safety are all critical for sure. Definitely different than simply "be nice."

      I would love to Skype in. Just let me know when.

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  2. I think that you should add a sixth to this, and that is "Patience."

    One of the most frustrating things about creating, collaborating, and engaging is that the more you become aware and contribute, the more roadblocks you tend to run into. You wind up feeling like nobody is listening to you or that you're being shut out by those with whom you are collaborating (the culture of collaboration that we promote never seems to account for ego, does it), and that engagement does not always necessarily have quick results that you like. In fact, being an informed citizen is one of the most frustrating things one can be.

    So patience. Patience and determination to use all of these different skills and follow through to the end result and not simply give up because you didn't instantly get what you wanted.

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    1. I love the notion of patience as a valuable skill. In an instant culture, that's a vital skill for empathy, collaboration, co-creating and communicating.

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  3. Lovely post! Thank you, as always.

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  4. Just hours ago I was in a PFO meeting where our Superintendent was pitching his "one-to-one laptop initiative," and a parent raised concerns naturally about online safety, and I pitched in about online collaboration. But I love what you wrote here, gave me a lot to think about. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks. I think the safety concerns are absolutely valid. I'm not one to dismiss them entirely. I admit that a part of me gets nervous as my own children get older.

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  5. What about responsibility?

    "With great power comes great responsibility" (my love for Spiderman coming out)

    Adults and young people generally think of responsibility in different ways. Adult responsibilities are usually endured for a pay off later. Young people tend to think of responsibility like Peter Parker's uncle-- connected to personal power. (I think of when Kinder kiddos who are blasted over the moon when granted responsibilities such as paint brush washer... what power they wield!)

    Dewey (oh how I love that you quoted him) would say the latter is a much more enjoyable way of viewing responsibility. I think young people are naturally inclined in rising to the challenge of personally serving a digital community. Granting responsibility affirms our faith in the power they have to be ethical and critical creators. Actively fulfilling those responsibilities affirms faith in themselves.

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    1. I love the notion of the two types of responsibilities and the enjoyment one gets from both of them. I'm wondering if this means I've never truly grown up ;)

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  6. I really appreciate how you have helped reframe existing educational concepts for the digital age. I've been tackling the ethics of digital composition, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog. Here's a snippet of what I discussed:

    "The new ethic of digital literacy we interrogate is cosmopolitan practice—reflexive and hospitable habits of mind during the several decisions made while composing...

    Self-reflexive Composition. As youth revise profile pages, create movies, post links to share, they must imagine others’ possible interpretations of their work...Compositional decisions are not isolated to the page or screen, but are decisions of social positioning and engaging with others.

    Hospitable Stances. We work with and are ourselves audiences in a sense that is new to the human experience—audience as distant and local, intended and possible, particular and en masse....Being hospitable readers, writers, and viewers includes tolerating the discomfort that comes with honestly engaging with another around the uncertainties of attempting to understand meanings as interpreted—as intended and unintended."
    http://developingwriters.org/2012/02/21/a-new-ethic-for-the-digital-composition-cosmopolitanism/

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