Friday, June 15, 2012

Tool 10: Digital Citizenship

1. Being a good citizen in society requires that we choose to follow rules or laws. Digital citizenship is no different. The world wide web has it's own set of guidelines to help students maintain a safe, secure digital experience. Cyberbullying can disrupt a kid's safety very quickly. I plan to continually verbalize the importance of staying away from this type of activity and reporting any violation they are aware of. One other important aspect of being responsible tech users is original work. My students will be made very aware of the fact that it is wrong to steal another's work and claim it as their own.

2. Of the many resources available, I'm strongly considering using Brainpop (since I already use and like this source) and Atomic Learning to create a lesson on being a responsible internet user before students are allowed to use the classroom technology. I plan on working this summer to create this lesson.

3. For students in the classroom, teachers can lead by example. Using ourselves as models, we can show students what is appropriate, correct, and secure on the world wide web. Using examples of both good and bad internet behavior can spark meaningful and enlightening discussion.

4. At the beginning of the school year, I provide students and parents with a syllabus that outlines my program. This a the perfect opportunity to share digital resources so that parents might be able to check them out, personally. Another opportunity happens at Back to School night. I can stress the importance of cybersafety both at school AND at home.

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