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How you act online is important. Not just because everything is stored, backed up, and freely available to anyone with a keyboard. But because your online reputation is actually just your reputation.
[ UPDATE: A PDF version of these talking points is now available.] For Leadership Day 2012 , I thought I would gather in one place many of the talking points that I use with principals and superintendents about Internet safety… Even though they may use fancy terms and know more than you do about their domain, you never would allow your business manager or special education coordinator to operate without oversight. So stop doing so with your technology coordinator. The technology function of your school organization exists to serve the educational function, not the other way around.
Digital citizenship is a key component of the technology and media literacy. We should not only teach our students how to be good citizens in the real physical world but how they can be good netizens of the online world as well.Today's learning requires alot of use of technology and most imprtant of all, our students are using technology on a daily basis- text messaging, blogging, Facebooking, Twittering, watching videos, gaming and networking. They live in two different but interconnected worlds.
10 Interactive Lessons By Google On Digital Citizenship Added by Jeff Dunn on 2012-07-22 YouTube has a firm place in the current classroom. From Khan Academy’s videos to YouTube EDU and beyond, there’s a reason all these videos are finding a home in schools. In an effort to help keep the ball rolling, Google just launched a set of 10 interactive lessons designed to support teachers in educating students on digital citizenship.
As more and more of our students are having free access to internet and its plethora of resources, copyright issues jump to the surface and it becomes incumbent on us as educators and teachers to help these students learn about how to respect copyrights and avoid infringment issues. Students need to understand that not everything online can be used freely. There are laws and regulations they must abide by to become good netizens.
An elementary school in our district recently got 30 iPads and asked for some advice implementing them with students and teachers. In addition to suggesting some starter apps, I recommended that we have conversations with kids around the appropriate use of these devices. While almost every child has used an iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone, the exciting learning opportunities these mobile, Internet-connected, media creation devices create also open the door to new challenges. Cyberbullying or inappropriate web publishing happens more through the camera than regular computer use does; the mobility of the device combined with the reality that multiple users are using the device with no personalized, password-protected, network-tracked accounts makes it more challenging to keep track of who is doing what with the device or that the device itself is safe. Rather than tell the students how they should and should not use iPads, I felt compelled to involve the students in the conversation.
Thanks to a post by Doug Peterson I learned that Edmodo has a nice poster outlining digital citizenship guidelines for students. Yes, the poster has a clear promotion for Edmodo at the bottom, but it is still a nice poster containing reminders for students to follow. The poster is available as a PDF in two sizes, two color schemes, and six languages.
Digital Citizenship is more than CyberCruelty and the nine tenets pictured to the left. Teaching Digital Citizens requires a 21st Century Lens; creating an environment that expects students to be creative, collaborative, communicate well, and think critically. When they are engaged in these skills they are behaving like a global citizen, or iCitizen; someone who cares about themselves and others, and whose actions demonstrate that. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Turn wired students into great digital citizens Get all the tools you need with Common Sense Media's FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum and Parent Media Education Program. The relevant, ready-to-use instruction helps you guide students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world where they live, study, and play. Curriculum by grade Download a printable PDF of this poster Order a larger print through CafePress K-5 poster also available!
Turn wired students into great digital citizens Get all the tools you need with Common Sense Media's FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum and Parent Media Education Program. The relevant, ready-to-use instruction helps you guide students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world where they live, study, and play.