In my district presentation on Friday, April 18, I included some information about “digital citizenship” and embedding this topic into our class discussions. My initial reaction to the thought of delivering this message was… “How can I possibly recommend that teachers teach yet another topic within the already crowded curriculum?” As a parent, I understand it is my responsibility to teach my kids the appropriate and responsible use of technology. As educators, we must model responsible behaviors of technology use and help guide students in real-world contexts.
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self-image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
At what age do most parents allow independent Internet and device use? According to a recent survey, age 8. Whether we like it or not, the majority of supervised, online use happens in the classroom. Our 1:1 Digital Learning Environment (DLE) will provide several opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate responsible digital citizenship.
In his blog post, One-To-One Technology ‘Is Really About Building Effective Relationships’, Larry Ferlazzo talks with three teachers about their experiences and opinions about teaching in a DLE. These teachers talk about some of the challenges and rewards that come with teaching in 1:1 schools. I was encouraged to hear them talk about teaching digital citizenship as an opportunity vs. a requirement. If you have time, take a moment to read their helpful advice.