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Digital Sustainability Education



Welcome, educators, to a transformative journey where technology and sustainability intertwine, molding our students into digital citizens conscious of their ecological footprints. Sustainable Digital Education is not just about understanding the tools and technology but integrating a deep sense of responsibility and awareness into our digital endeavors. Through the GreenComp approach, we aim to provide students with a holistic education that combines technological prowess with ecological responsibility. Let's delve into the core components.


Basic Digital Skills - From Greencomp

In the realm of sustainable digital education, the GreenComp framework identifies four pivotal roles, each tailored specifically to digital sustainability education:

  1. Value Embodiers: Champions of digital ethics, they uphold sustainability principles in the digital landscape, ensuring every digital action is tinted with core values like fairness and nature appreciation.
  2. Complexity Navigators: Masters in deciphering the intricate layers of digital sustainability, they serve as guides, helping users navigate its multifaceted challenges and opportunities.
  3. Future Visionaries: Futurists who are continually reimagining the confluence of technology and ecology, ensuring a sustainable digital future.
  4. Sustainability Activists: The proactive digital educators, catalyzing tangible shifts in both mindset and practice towards a more balanced digital-ecological future.

Together, these roles epitomize the essence of a sustainable digital education, ensuring that as the digital world evolves, it does so sustainably.


Getting to Know Digital Basics

Navigating the interconnected realms of sustainability and digital education might initially seem daunting, especially for educators striving to integrate both in the classroom. But, fear not! Let's simplify this green digital journey by likening it to planning and nurturing a school garden project. Just as we choose the right seeds and care for them with our students, in the digital realm, we instill the right values and cultivate sustainable digital practices together. Here's a closer look:

Value Embodiers: Imagine your curriculum as fertile soil. Your job as an educator? Plant the right seeds (values) that align with sustainability. With your students, discuss: What sustainability values should we integrate into our digital practices? How can these values become foundational in our learning journey?

Complexity Navigators: After planting, a garden reveals its interconnected ecosystem. This is where, with students, you delve deeper into the complexities of sustainability, much like understanding the science behind the growth of plants. Reflect on: How do the different aspects of sustainability intertwine in our digital projects? Are we considering all facets when collaborating online?

Future Visionaries: As your garden grows, you and your students can envision its future bloom. In digital education, it's about predicting and adapting to future technological trends while ensuring sustainability. Ponder: What digital tools and practices will serve us best in the coming years? How can our classroom be both tech-savvy and environmentally conscious?

Sustainability Activists: Finally, just as gardens need consistent care, the digital tools and platforms we use in teaching demand sustainable choices. Think of it as regular check-ins with students about their digital footprint, making informed platform choices, and collaboratively setting classroom digital guidelines. Discuss: How are we reducing our digital carbon footprint? Are we using platforms that align with our sustainability values?

With this school garden-inspired approach, blending sustainability with digital education becomes a collaborative, enlightening, and transformative experience for both educators and students.


For Value Embodiers

Step 1: Sustainability Advocate: Understand and champion the importance of sustainability within the digital education space.

Step 2: Fairness Promoter: Ensure that your digital practices are inclusive and equitable, creating a fair digital learning environment.

Step 3: Nature Integrator: Seamlessly merge elements of nature into your digital education content, emphasizing the need for a balance between technology and the environment.

Guidance: Browse through our collection of videos for Value Embodiers. 


For Complexity Navigators

Step 1: Systems Explorer: Delve into the intricate web of the digital ecosystem, understanding the interconnected nature of sustainability.

Step 2: Critical Evaluator: Analyze and assess digital resources and methods with a sustainability mindset, ensuring you discern their true implications.

Step 3: Problem Presenter: Define and articulate sustainability issues in the digital education context, setting the stage for effective solutions.

Guidance: Browse through our collection of videos for Complexity Navigators. 


For Future Visionaries

Step 1: Trend Spotter: Stay updated on emerging trends, ensuring your teaching aligns with future sustainable digital practices.

Step 2: Agile Adapter: Adjust and pivot your teaching strategies in response to the ever-evolving digital landscape, always with sustainability at the forefront.

Step 3: Curiosity Cultivator: Encourage a spirit of exploration and inquisitiveness, leading students towards sustainable digital innovations.

Guidance: Browse through our collection of videos for Future Visionaries.


For Sustainability Activists

Step 1: Policy Pusher: Champion and advocate for sustainable digital education policies, ensuring they align with broader sustainability objectives.

Step 2: Community Collaborator: Build and nurture a collective of educators and learners, emphasizing shared sustainable digital goals.

Step 3: Personal Pioneer: Lead by example, taking personal initiatives that underline the essence of sustainable digital education.

Guidance: Browse through our collection of videos for Sustainability Activists. 


Greencomp Competences

After finishing this module of the Educator Guide, you should have acquired the following competences:

  1. Embodying sustainability values
  2. Embracing complexity in sustainability
  3. Envisioning sustainable futures
  4. Acting for sustainability