Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tool #10

Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. First and foremost, the things you say online can hurt others' feelings just as if you said them to their face and it is worse because it can reach such a larger audience. Never write anything or create anything that you would not want a family member to read. Second, most of the people online have good intentions and want to help make the internet a better place. However, there are a few people who intend to cause harm whether that be through Cyberbullying, creating programs that can cause problems for computers and other technological resources or by exposing students to things that are not appropriate for children to see. Third, do not share personal information about yourself online. There is no reason for anyone else online to know your last name, where you live and other personal things about yourself. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally. Students have always enjoyed using Brainpop as they find the characters engaging. Brainpop has videos along with quizzes about online safety as well as cyberbullying that will be shown in the first week of school. I will also design lesson plans using the Common Sense website for insight as it covers many different aspects of digital citizenship. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students. I would compare how being a digital citizen is similar to being a member of the Woodview community. There are expectations of how students are to act, courses of action to be taken if they feel "bullied" and consequences if they cannot uphold the "No Place for Hate" standard that is expected of them in school. I also will model what is and what is not proper "digital citizenship" and have students model for their classmates as well. They will work in small groups to learn from each other efficient and respectful ways to use the technology. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents. I will incorporate language in my packet that I give to the parents at the beginning of the school year. I will discuss this in great detail at Meet the Teacher night at school. I will show them examples of digital citizenship for the classroom and make myself available to discuss just as I would for academic and behavioral issues.

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