Saturday, March 3, 2012
Post #10 Good Digital Citizenship
With the exposure to tools, APPS, devices, and internet access comes the daunting task of teaching our students how to operate in the digital world safely, friendly, and ethically. Francie has done a wonderful job making sure our students are well aware of their responsibility as good digital citizens. It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to reiterate, as often as possible, the what's and why's of rules of the cyber road. What a student considers "no big deal" or harmless and playful can open the door to many problems. In my attempt to incorporate Wallwisher in my class, I discovered that I did not sufficiently discuss proper posting etiquette before introducing the discussion topic. Lesson learned! I will set clearer objectives to what should and should not be posted so social comments and fraudulent names will not appear. Do not assume they all know what is right or wrong! Interactive websites that require registration and class lists make me nervous when they ask for full names of students. I will not give that out and hope students will not, either. Periodic review of safety is essential. We will revisit the entertaining BrainPop series as a refresher in the near future. Parents are a great advocate for the same digital responsibility. Including references to videos or sites that help foster discussion at home can be included in class newsletters and blogs. It is always helpful to have parents on board to support teacher efforts.