Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tool #10

For your Tool #10 assignment:
In YOUR blog post:
1.    Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.
Answer: After reading some of the various posts on Vicki Davis’ Cool Cat Teacher Blog, I think it is important for students to understand the concept that everything out there on the internet is not valid information. Schools are faced with training students and providing that “anchor” in the sea of digital information out there. I would like them to have a tangible way to determine credibility for sources. I also would like them to use discretion when they are posting anything on the internet. Anyone who has watched the news during the past decade has seen high profile celebrities and the like get into trouble for inappropriate comments on a Tweet or other modes of communication.
2.    Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
Again, I liked the information presented on Vicki Davis’ Cool Cat Teacher Blog.
3.    Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
Answer:  I would “Teach” the ideas of digital citizenship by addressing this at the beginning of the semester and before each assignment involving internet usage for reinforcement. At the onset of the school year, I would engage students in a classroom discussion about how to handle possible scenarios.  Also,  a class we could  create our own digital contract which would consist of a set of rules that meet the district guidelines.
4.    Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
Answer: I would send parents a letter and perhaps a permission slip for student internet usage. I think the District will have to establish a uniform protocol for this.

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