Essential question(s): How can the complex ideas behind digital citizenship be addressed in simple, effective tools that can help us develop digital citizenship skills with our students, as well as assess their digital citizenship skill levels? What tools and programs currently exist that teachers can use? Of the tools presented in this week’s materials, which were most helpful? If you could develop a new tool, what would look like? If you wanted to engage students in developing new tools in this area, how might you structure that activity?
Here is a list of resources to teach digital citizenship:
This can lead to the idea of how do teachers keep current in digital citizenship. To keep current it is such a great idea to share with other teachers. Josie pointed this out and it really seems like common sense yet I feel like I am not doing this as much as I should. I just don't seem to have the time. It would be so great if there was a weekly time that teachers could get together and collaborate that is not outside the school day.
Another topic that I found interesting was the idea of controlling student devices. I remember student teaching and being able to freeze devices and shut them down. I could also push content to devices and so much more. It was pretty handy. However, I do know that some think that too much control sets kids up for failure in the future. If they don't learn how to navigate all that is out their what will they do when they are able to try things that aren't controlled? It is really something to ponder as I don't think we fully know how this would affect kids. I can see both sides, and I guess I wonder how students feel about teachers controlling what their devices can and cannot do?
One final thought that came up this week was where to fit teaching digital citizenship into the school day?Most teachers have more material to teach than they do time. I liked Gerald's idea of having a class that students must pass in order to graduate. However, I would propose they have to pass it earlier. Since most of these programs are online it would be nice if students were required to complete one before being allowed to use technology at the middle/high school level. Just as many jobs require you to complete programs it would seem like schools would need a similar requirement. I wonder if this would even work, but it would solve the problem of fitting it into the school day.