Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens Via The Journal Schools have always been charged with the task of producing good citizens. But how has our definition of a “good citizen” changed over the ages? Video Exclusive: Cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch at Kansas State University discusses the tools today’s students need to be good digital citizens. Kodu Kodu is a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input. 3 ways to be a better digital citizen, online and IRL By Mike Ribble June 15th, 2015 Practicing empathy, offering assistance, and staying safe are good behaviors online and off Ed. note: Innovation In Action is a new monthly column from the International Society of Technology in Education focused on exemplary practices in education.
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Where can I find advice on Internet Safety to help me protect my children? - There is a dazzling array of helpline and support websites with advice on internet safety available to parents online. A parent may well be at a loss to find a useful site so we’ve gathered some here that may of use. Internet Safety Help and Advice Can you teach digital citizenship, if you are not an active digital citizen yourself? It seems that a number of participants in my Digital Citizenship workshop imagined they’d be learning about cyber safety for three days! Is that what comes to mind for some people when they hear the term digital citizenship? Instead, we explored what it means to BE a digital citizen and, by the end of the workshop, every one of them had become an active contributor online, developing confidence to participate as thoughtful, active citizens themselves. Can you teach digital citizenship, if you are not an active digital citizen yourself? During the workshop, participants reflected on the ways they engage online and categorised their online activities under the headings of CONSUME, CREATE or INTERACT.
Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web When Reuben Loewy took up his first teaching gig in 2012, he had a major revelation: The digital revolution has dramatically transformed the way that kids perceive reality. Perhaps that makes the 55-year-old teacher sound like a dinosaur. What he discovered is, after all, one of the most obvious realities shaping education policy and parenting guides today. But, as Loewy will clarify, his revelation wasn’t simply that technology is overhauling America’s classrooms and redefining childhood and adolescence. Rather, he was hit with the epiphany that efforts in schools to embrace these shifts are, by and large, focusing on the wrong objectives: equipping kids with fancy gadgets and then making sure the students use those gadgets appropriately and effectively. Educational institutions across the board are certainly embracing (or at least acknowledging) the digital revolution, adopting cutting-edge classroom technology and raising awareness about the perils and possibilities of the Internet.
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