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School Librarians Are Teaching Digital Citizenship

School librarians lead students in the tech age

April Wathen, Kathy Lester, and Steven Yates.
April Wathen, Kathy Lester, and Steven Yates. (April Wathen photo: Jill Springer) Source: Publisher's Weekly

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As technology and social media play an increasingly big role in the classroom, educators are faced with challenges of teaching students how to use technologies in appropriate ways, and how to be safe and responsible online—the basic tenets of what is known as digital citizenship, a close relative of digital literacy. Fortunately, classroom teachers often have an expert ally to assist them in getting the job done: their school librarian or media specialist. “Digital citizenship and digital literacy—and, in the bigger picture, information literacy—whether it’s print or digital, that is our curriculum,” says Gwenn Marchesano, a middle school librarian in Plymouth, Mich. “That’s what school librarians teach.”


Shannon Maughan: Freelance Writer and Editor, Publisher’s Weekly.