My friends, colleagues, and students are already aware that I have a tendency to make up words. Up to now, they have all been mistakes … but last night as I was polishing up my presentation for the Illinois Education and Technology Conference, I worked with intentionality to create a word that better described what I was focusing on: Critical Web Skills for the 21st Century.
I was thinking about the word netiquette, and it just didn’t describe what I was trying to convey about digital citizen skills. So I started throwing the terms together. My first try was digicitiquette – try to say 3 times – too hard. Digital citizen netiquette … that’s the concept, but how boring! How about digitalcitizenquette … again, too complicated. So I came up with digcitiquette. Now that just rolls off the tongue – dig•siti•quette. So you saw/heard it here first – at least I’ve never heard it.
Here’s a sneak preview of this part of my preso:
Netiquette for Digital Citizenship
- be aware of the global audience
- present your best side online
- employ your “going to Grandma’s” manner
- follow the Golden Rule
- believe the best in others
I shared these concepts with my students and they gave me some great input and examples to embellish each of these points.