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Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Middle School and Hig... Digital Citizenship Resources - Home. See If Sites You Use Are Vulnerable to Heartbleed And How To Change Passwords. Why Teaching Digital Citizenship Doesn’t Work. Spend time with children and you learn that lists of rules don’t work well.

Why Teaching Digital Citizenship Doesn’t Work

Kids are too smart and love to find loopholes. No matter how long you spend crafting a list that covers all scenarios a 5-year-old will bite someone and point out that you didn’t say he couldn’t. A better approach is positive general principles. Tell students what you want them to do. My favorite model is the four Tribes agreements that are displayed prominently in my class and discussed and practiced every day: Attentive Listening- Pay close attention to what others are saying. These agreements cover most situations, describe behavior in positive terms and support the development of critical thinking skills.

This approach works better than long lists of rules, and so I’m confused by the common approach to encouraging good Digital Citizenship. Digital Citizenship is often promoted by listing the many things students cannot or should not do. Students may not Like this: Like Loading... Related April 13, 2015 June 2, 2013. Building an understanding of digital citizenship. What do these two words mean?

Building an understanding of digital citizenship

Everyone in the class knows what ‘create’ means but only a few are familiar with the word ‘consume’. mostly in the context of eating, although one girl says ‘It’s when you take something in, for instance information’. We use breakfast as our example and they get the idea that making the eggs could be seen as creating and eating them as consuming. We deliberately do not use a dictionary, so that they construct meaning for themselves, rather than narrow down their understanding with a fixed definition at the start.

In groups, the children then brainstorm all the things they do in a day, making sure every item includes a verb – watch TV, play Minecraft, eat lunch, write a story… Using two colours, they highlight which of these are consuming and which are creating. Which of their daily activities are digital? They are already discussing consuming vs creating before we even ask the question. Like this: Like Loading... They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets. Perhaps she hadn’t realized that colleges keep track of their social media mentions.

They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

“It was incredibly unusual and foolish of her to do that,” Scott A. Meiklejohn, Bowdoin’s dean of admissions and financial aid, told me last week. The college ultimately denied the student admission, he said, because her academic record wasn’t competitive. But had her credentials been better, those indiscreet posts could have scuttled her chances. “We would have wondered about the judgment of someone who spends their time on their mobile phone and makes such awful remarks,” Mr. As certain high school seniors work meticulously this month to finish their early applications to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make online could negatively affect their prospects.

“Students’ social media and digital footprint can sometimes play a role in the admissions process,” says Christine Brown, the executive director of K-12 and college prep programs at Kaplan Test Prep. Why Teach Digital Citizenship. How To Tackle Digital Citizenship During The First 5 Days Of School. The Student's Guide To Proper Social Media Etiquette. If you’re like me, you act differently on different social networks. You share certain things on Facebook that you wouldn’t share on Twitter. You post stuff on Pinterest that you wouldn’t post on Path or share on instant message. Because of this, it’s important for students (and teachers and everyone else!)

To remember the proper social media etiquette that you should follow while sharing online. For example, it’s important to maintain a relatively simple layout and minimal amount of content in your emails, while you should act a bit differently on an online message board. In general, just act right.