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The C3 Matrix


In this lesson, you will be introduced to Dr. Pruitt-Mentle's framework for digital citizenship and learn about the key components of the C3 matrix to evaluate the online work of students.

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Hello everyone and welcome. Today we'll be taking a detailed look at C3 Matrix and the different levels of competencies that are outlined. Let's get started.

Let's begin by looking at the 3C's framework as a whole. It was developed by Doctor Pruitt-Mentle, a leading researcher in the field of educational technology. It has been adopted by numerous departments of education and endorsed by leading safety curriculum providers. As you can see, there are three components-- cyber safety, cyber ethics, and cyber security. Notice how the three overlap, and that's intentional. For example, it's important to protect one's own personal information online, which would be cyber security, but it's also important to understand why it's wrong to use other people's personal information, which would fall under the category of cyber ethics.

Today, students' work can often take on the form of blogs, Prezis, slideshows, or any other media creations. The C3 matrix is a great way to evaluate and provide feedback on those kinds of students' online work. The concepts found in the matrix can simply be integrated into your existing standards. The measures found in the matrix increase in complexity from basic all the way through proficient, and the skills are based on the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. The matrix does not have a level below basic. If a student's work is not deemed basic, is noted as nonperforming.

In order to better understand what the C3 Matrix is asking students to be able to do, we will begin by looking at the description of each as stated on the matrix. First up is cyber ethics. Students recognize and practice responsible and appropriate use while accessing, using, collaborating, and creating technology, technology systems, digital media, and information technology. Furthermore, students demonstrate an understanding of current ethical and legal standards-- the rights and restrictions that govern technology, technology systems, digital media, and information technology within the context of today's society.

Next, we will break it down further into the specific criteria that may be assessed. Keep in mind that each item is scored on a scale that begins with basic and increases in complexity through proficient. The goal is for students to understand and follow the established use policies and to understand the personal and societal consequences of inappropriate use. In schools for example, you might find that before logging in, users need to check off a box agreeing to those policies.

As students grow, we want them to not only demonstrate ethical and legal behaviors, but also to model it among peers, family, and community. Although it might look very different at various levels, the practice of citing sources is extremely important in helping to avoid plagiarism. Users of technology will be confronted with ethical dilemmas. We want to know if students are making the best decisions. How proficient are students at exhibiting responsibility and Netiquette?

We want students of all ages to recognize the signs and emotional effects, the legal consequences, and solutions for cyber bullying. Due to the portable nature of technology today, recognizing the appropriate time and place to use digital tools is very important. And to understand the importance of online identity management and monitoring, and the importance of an online reputation and how to manage that.

The next C in the C3 Matrix is cyber safety. And it means that students practice safe strategies to protect themselves and promote positive physical and psychological well-being when using technology, technology systems, digital media, and information technology including the internet. Again, each of these items can be measured as basic, intermediate, or proficient using the C3 Matrix.

Recognizing online risks to make informed decisions and take appropriate actions to protect themselves while using technology. Making informed decisions about appropriate protection methods and safety practices within variety of situations. It's harder to do this with students at home, but if we teach them the best habits in school they may be more likely to transfer them to home situations as well. Demonstrate and advocate for safe behaviors among family, peers, and community. We want students to not only advocate, but also be role models for others.

And finally, cyber security, which according to the C3 Matrix is that students practice secure strategies when using technology, technology systems, digital media, and information technology, that assure personal protection and help defend network security. The four items to be measured here are that students are able to recognize online risks, make informed decisions, and take appropriate actions to protect themselves while using technology systems.

For students to make informed decisions about appropriate protection methods and secure practices within a variety of situations. With things changing so fast, we want users to demonstrate commitment to staying current on security issues. This is especially important for teachers as well. And lastly, to advocate for secure practices and behavior among peers, family, and community.

A few things to remember about the C3 Matrix. That it was developed with input from multiple stakeholders. The C3 Matrix takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to preparing students for 21st century digital communication. Competency levels for C3 concepts increase in complexity from basic to intermediate to proficient, and that the skills are based on the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. And finally, cyber safety, security, and ethics cannot be stagnant, because technologies are dynamic and ever changing.

Let's summarize what we covered in this lesson. We looked at a broad overview of the 3C's framework, specifically at the C3 Matrix, and took a detailed look at cyber ethics, cyber safety, and cyber security. And we mentioned some notable points about the C3 Matrix to keep in mind.

Now it's time for a little food for thought. Visit that IKeepSafe website and explore the many resources it has to offer. The website is listed below. To explore more and dive a little deeper and learn how to apply this information, be sure to check out the additional resources section associated with this video. This is where you'll find links targeted toward helping you discover more ways to apply this course material.

Thanks so much for watching. I hope to see you next time.

Notes on "The C3 Matrix"

(00:00-00:12) Intro

(00:13-00:55) 3 C’s Framework

(00:56-01:32) How the C3 Matrix is Used

(01:33-03:48) Cyber Ethics

(03:49-04:50) Cyber Safety

(04:51-05:45) Cyber Security

(05:46-06:21) Notable Points

(06:22-07:08) Summary/Food for Thought

Additional Resources

The C3 Matrix Manual

The iKeepSafe Digital Citizenship C3 Matrix supports teachers in integrating cyber-safety,cyber-security, and cyber-ethics (C3) into existing technology and literacy standards and curricula. Teachers can use the framework to align lessons to the three Cs and to evaluate students on each competency with the easy to use rubric.


National C3 Baseline Study: State of Cyberethics, Safety and Security Awareness in US Schools

This resources highlights and data from the study on the state of the 3 Cs in Education with findings and recommendations. Educators can use this research project to establish their own baseline in their district. From the local results, educators can create an action plan to increase student competency with the 3 Cs.