NEW: The ethics of digital literacy: Developing knowledge and skills across grade levels

Thomas, P.L. (2019). The ethical dilemma of satire in an era of fake news and the brave new world of social media. In K.H. Turner (ed.). The ethics of digital literacy: Developing knowledge and skills across grade levels (pp. xx-xx). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

The Ethics of Digital Literacy

Developing Knowledge and Skills Across Grade Levels


The digital era has brought many opportunities – and many challenges – to teachers and students at all levels. Underlying questions about how technologies have changed the ways individuals read, write, and interact are questions about the ethics of participation in a digital world. As users consume and create seemingly infinite content, what are the moral guidelines that must be considered? How do we teach students to be responsible, ethical citizens in a digital world?

This book shares practices across levels, from teaching elementary students to adults, in an effort to explore these questions. It is organized into five sections that address the following aspects of teaching ethics in a digital world: ethical contexts, ethical selves, ethical communities, ethical stances, and ethical practices. 

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Pages: 200 • Trim: 6 x 9

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Series Preface
Dominic Scibilia

Antero Garcia

Kristen Hawley Turner

Section 1: Ethical Contexts

Chapter 1: Meditation

Nicole Mirra

Chapter 2: Access, Readiness, and the Ethical Imperative of Advocacy

Lauren King and Kristen Hawley Turner

Chapter 3: Seeing Each Other Ethically Online

Derek Burtch and Amanda Gordon

Section Reflection
Kristen Hawley Turner

Section 2: Ethical Selves

Chapter 4: Meditation

Sara B. Kajder

Chapter 5: The Ethical Mandate for Shaping Digital Footprints: Reflections from Teachers

Susan Luft and Paul Tomizawa

Chapter 6: The Ethics of Composing: Identity Performances in Digital Spaces

Brandon Sams and Mike P. Cook

Chapter 7: Creatures of Habit: Self Reflexive Practices as an Ethical Pathway to Digital Literacy

Andrea L. Zellner and Leigh Graves Wolf

Section Reflection

Kristen Hawley Turner

Section 3: Ethical Communities

Chapter 8: Meditation

W. Ian O’Byrne

Chapter 9: Creating Online Communities: Fostering Understanding of Ethics and Digital Citizenship

Jade Feliciano

Chapter 10: Moving Beyond Troll Rhetoric and Facilitating Productive Online Discourse

Priscilla Thomas and Alex Corbitt

Chapter 11: Fostering Cosmopolitan Dispositions through Collaborative Classroom Activities:

Ethical Digital Engagement of K-12 Learners

Aaron R. Gierhart, Sarah Bonner, Anna Smith, and Robyn Seglem

Chapter 12: Online with Intention: Promoting Digital Health and Wellness in the Classroom Lauren Zucker and Nicole Damico

Section Reflection

Kristen Hawley Turner

Section 4: Ethical Stances

Chapter 13: Meditation

Troy Hicks

Chapter 14: Designing for Power, Agency, and Equity in Digital Literacies: New Tools, Same Problems

Katie Henry and Bud Hunt

Chapter 15: Educators discussing ethics, equity, and literacy through collaborative annotation

Jeremiah H. Kalir and Joe Dillon

Chapter 16: “It’s Whatever”: Students’ Digital Literacy Experiences in a Title 1 High School

Lisa Scherff

Section Reflection

Kristen Hawley Turner

Section 5: Ethical Practice

Chapter 17: Meditation

Renee Hobbs

Chapter 18: “Where did I find that?” Helping Students Develop Ethical Practices in Digital Writing

Kristen Hawley Turner

Chapter 19: Beyond quotations: Fostering Original Thinking during Research in the Digital Era

Michelle C. Walker, Monica Sheehan, and Ramona Biondi

Chapter 20: The Ethical Dilemma of Satire in an Era of Fake News and the Brave New World of Social Media

P. L. Thomas

Section Reflection

Kristen Hawley Turner