This came from the discussion "Making Meaning" started by Julia Osteen. She's responding to this question:
"One more thing we could bring into the discussion: What are the ethics involved, the ethics of the style we take on as "guides" into this new world. Should we teach "caring," for instance, and "activism for a good future"? What are our jobs in the ethical sphere? (from Connie)
"Ethics, you raise a very important point. Ethics is extremely important ~ maybe more important to be explicit about ethics now than ever due to the nature of our world. I sat in on a session with David Warlick at NECC where he made this point. He said (paraphrasing here) that ethical use of information needs to include the following:
Seek truth and express it
To minimize harm
To be accountable
To respect and protect information infrastructure - ideas and information
His talk was on Contemporary Literacy where the 3R's become the 4E's -- employing, exposing, expressing and ethics.
Before we can determine 'our jobs in the ethical sphere,' I think we need to agree upon a definition of citizenship - global and digital citizenship. Here's a phrase I found on Dell's website, 'social and environmental stewardship.' So, what is global digital citizenship or digital citizenship in a global society?" (from Julie)
Anybody else working on figuring this out? I pushed the "answer, please" slot on my thinking machine, and nothing came out. The machine sent me back the notice "This answer is not clearly defined yet; work in progress."
Global guides, maybe we're global guides for the kids, teaching them how to go after "social and environmental stewardship."