Esther earned her B.S. from Arizona State University in Political Science. After graduation, she began working on a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. However, after taking a position with ASU as a Business Operations Manager, she was unable to continue working on her degree program. In addition to working at ASU, she has been an active volunteer with the Gilbert Public Schools as a committee member on zero-based budgeting, technology integration, and digital citizenship. This experience has led her to an interest in technology and ethics as it applies to K-12 education. Esther decided to retired from ASU in 2014 and is now working on her Masters in Applied Ethics in Science and Technology Ethics. Esther joined the Risk Management Lab as a Web Content Assistant in February 2017.
B.S. Political Science, Arizona State University 1991
Currently working on Masters in Applied Ethics in the Profession on Science and Technology Ethics in the ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Esther Moon is working in an internship with the Gilbert Public School District Technology Department this summer, on a technology instruction initative designed to address digital literacy. The digital literacy project is necessary to address a knowledge gap among K-12 school-aged students regarding appropriate use of digital devices and digital data. The project will address digital risk issues that students are exposed to due to the integration and transformation of educational learning methods to a digital environment. She will be researching digital literacy topics such as authenticating photos and videos, identifying credible news and academic resources for student research and will create a digital literacy curriculum within the districts digital curriculum platform Ogment, intended for launch in 2018.
Gilbert Public Schools will find this digital literacy curriculum of great value to its teachers and students and reflects one of nine elements of Digital Citizenship that must be developed . The Digital Citizenship Curriculum will serve as a model for other school districts in closing the digital knowledge gap and providing a safeguard that helps reduce the digital risk for students.
The internship opportunity is a proactive approach to providing the information students need to understand the appropriate use of digital devices and data. In addition to reducing digital risk to students this project completes a portion of the district's goal to increase a teacher's capacity to gather accessible digital citizenship curriculum while freeing up valuable time spent in lesson plan development. It will provide a supplement of instructional material to the current curriculum, around the concept of digital scholarship, which meets education standards and prepares students for real-world experience in higher education and the workforce. All of these advantages help Gilbert Public Schools maintain its national competitiveness, furthering the goal of student engagement and supports diverse learners through scholarship, innovation, and technology.
Esther is currently serving as a member of the Gilbert Public Schools Digital Citizenship Committee, which has been developing a K-12 curriculum model designed to teach responsible online practices to students when exposed to inherent dangers of a digital classroom. She has begun working on a project with the GPS Technology Office to develop and recommend an instruction module to be added to the Digital Citizenship recommendations and used to teach students skills needed to interpret, understand and navigate online information so they become digitally literate.