Digital Citizenship for 21st century educators

Quick Details

September 15, 2020
Number of Sessions:
Total Hours:
30 hours (6 hours synchronous + 24 hours asynchronous)
Tuesday from 4 pm to 5:30 pm

Who it is for

Addressing the 21st century skills of digital citizenship is important; to help students to learn, communicate and collaborate safely online. The course aims to empower educators to prepare their students to leverage the positive potentials, navigate the challenges and manage thorny dilemmas presented by digital technologies.

What you will learn

  • Understanding the challenges and dilemmas that young students could potentially face in the digital communities through authentic activities
  • Designing activities to cultivate both skills and dispositions to help young students thrive in their digital communities
  • Understanding the challenges and opportunities of online courses

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Who will facilitate the course

Haseen Shakya Photo

Hasin is an educator at Karkhana. He is the author of a curriculum and textbooks on Digital Citizenship for primary school students. He has also been a consultant for American International School Dhaka and New York University Abu Dhabi. In his previous life he worked as a researcher for Bell Labs, Alcatel Lucent in Paris. Hasin earned a ME degree in ICT through Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Telecom SudParis, France and a BE in Electronics Engineering at IOE, Pulchowk.

Sameer Prasain

Sameer is a teacher at Karkhana. He designs and delivers lessons, classes and learning resources related to computing education. Before joining Karkhana, he used to teach coding to school children. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka, India.

What it is about

Digital and social technologies have become increasingly pervasive and now are indispensable tools for navigating our world. These technologies have brought endless opportunities but they also present their own sets of challenges. The spread of misinformation, propaganda and sensationalist stories through social media and the explosive growth in the screen time in the young and old are few of the challenges that have been posed. Our neighbours in the south have seen the use of Whatsapp groups to incite mob violence and the use of digital communities to radicalize the youth. Thus, it is important not only to teach young people how to create and use technology but also to socialize them on how to be good digital citizens.

The four week long course will address the following four topics each week

  1. Understanding Digital Citizenship
  2. Tackling disinformation
  3. Search and Research
  4. Designing online learning experiences

The learning will happen through a mixture of talks, group discussions, readings, videos and assignments. We will have 4 (90 minute long) live interactive sessions, one each week, and students are expected to complete their set of assigned readings and assignments every week.