Professional development when it comes to digital citizenship can be done two ways. Online and face to face, and why both are effective. Why we created professional development course and how?
Why we created professional development course and how?
My team and I sat down and went over what we thought were some of the key topics that must be covered when teaching digital citizenship. We instantly knew that Edmodo was the perfect platform for this course, and we wanted to experiment in using Edmodo as an online course. Our Plan: Free and easy Professional development.
What is Digital Citizenship? Can be viewed as a concept that explains the proper behavior of how students should conduct themselves in the online world. As we start talking more and more about teaching our students 21st Century skills and preparing them for the future it is definitely crucial that we include Digital Citizenship within those teachings. Teaching Digital Citizenship – Should not be a burden. We will definitely discuss how to teach digital citizenship later on in the webinar. As an introduction to teaching digital citizenship – just understand that this is something that can easily be infused into the daily curriculum. It does not need to take a whole class period but small little pieces on a consistent basis so students can retain this information. Many of you might have already heard this concept or idea of our students being digital natives. This is true. Our students were born into an age of the internet, cell phones, tablets and basically connectivity – which classifies them as digital natives. (Next SLIDE)
So what is a digital Immigrant – I believe lots of us are digital immigrants. We are members of the digital world that has learned these new concepts of behavior online and how to use the internet properly. Using the Internet and resources that revolved around it might be second nature to us and to some others a whole new world. I even read once that we if we are digital immigrants we have an “Accent”, which I found somewhat offending. I don’t believe that there are advantages or disadvantages to being a digital immigrant or native. What's important is that we learn about these new resources and how to make the most of them in a safe and professional manner.
Digital Etiquette is making sure that we do things online the right way. That we make sure that we don’t fall into certain pit falls. When writing an email, sometimes the tone of the email may come off much harsher than what it was intended. Some people send emails out with out proofreading. Its important to always ask your self – certain questions before sending anything out via the internet such as “does your email have a purpose or is it SPAM?”We sometimes refer to digital etiquette as netiquette. Lots of times netiquette is often referred to our communication online or the rules one must follow when being online. Specially when dealing with emails and Social Media. Digital Etiquette really focus on the communication in an online environment. But it does transfer over to the “Real world” as well. How many times have we seen a person at the movie theater pull out there phone and be online during the movie, or even at the dinner table texting non stop while they eat. When teaching Digital Etiquette, I also believe that their are location boundaries, and situational boundaries that we need to make sure students understand. The way that I encourage the teaching Location and Situation Boundaries is by giving students scenarios and having them respond back on whether they think its appropriate or not to text or get online.
So if we see Netiquette as Rules: Then lets go over some quick examples of them. Spell Check, Don’t use all caps, tell the truth, be yourself, don’t send spam, don’t use text talk, etc…hopefully some of those are common sense to students but they might need to be reminded of the rules every now and then. Golden Rule – Treat others as you would like to be treated. Teaching netiquette at a young age is key. Some parents may think that this is something that should not be taught till middle school or high school. My take on this is as soon as your child is touching some device that has the power to go online or communicate with another person, that is when you should start teaching netiquette to the child. There are so many reason for doing this at a young age, but the biggest reason is because its so hard to break bad habits. Once students get in the habit of doing something the wrong way, its hard to break. Our students have what I call an “Addicting Personality” and they are addicted to doing things one way, this is why we must start them off as young as possible. A great practice to have is to create a check list. Do not create it as the teacher, but make this a joint effort with the student. The checklist should be a reminder of the rules that they must follow when communicating with others. Post that checklist next to the computer or on it, so it’s a constant reminder to the students of the behaviors that they must exemplify.
This is definitely one of my favorite topics:Students have the need/urge to stay connected. I know this because I feel the same exact way. I plan my trips around hotels and Wi-Fi. When students can’t text or tweet, or get online to update a Facebook status they go into a frenzy. That is because they are digital natives. They don’t know what its like to not be connected. Even I have a hard time remembering life before cell phones. The scary part is that since they have such a huge desire to stay connected they are at times willing to give up certain safety percussions to do so. They connect to any network, secured or not. It does not matter to them as long as they get in. Checking there device and seeing the available network for them is easier and quicker than making a phone call. This is definitely second nature to them. When dealing with Connectivity – we have to always make sure that we mention Online Identity. What is safe and what is not when it comes to online Identity. You never really know who is the person on the other side of the computer that you may be talking to and the dangers that could arise from a simple conversation. Passwords – Keeping passwords safe and making them complex. Lots of times students don’t understand the damage that can take place when someone gets a hold of your password. Take the founder of GIZMODO Reporter for example. Within 10 minutes they hacked into his icloud account, Gmail, Google account, and wiped out all of this devices. Lastly – Students get to caught up in Online Environments vs. Reality.
According to www.Copyright.gov – Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Its protection against another group or individual stealing your ideas. One of our biggest failures as educators is not teaching students how to cite there sources. I remember when I was in 7th grade I copied at least 8 pages from the book, and the teacher knew that I copied it, but never told me anything about it. I knew that I shouldn't’t be copying the book, but never understood why not? Perfect example of Plagiarism.Another issue that we encounter is teaching students what are good sources and what are bad sources. How can we tell the difference and which one are the credible ones. Plagiarism – what it is and why we should not do it. Creative Commons – teaching students what it is. A great activity is having students create there own Creative Commons for there own work.
What is Cyberbullying? According to StopCyberbullying.com, Cyberbulluing is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.Recognizing Cyberbullying: In order for it to be called cyberbullying you must have minors on both sides, or at least instigated by a minor against another minor. If adults get involved than it can be referred to as cyber-harassment or cyber stalking. Many parents and teachers often sit down with students and explain bullying and how it should not be tolerated in a learning environment.
The power of Social Media is one of the most powerful tools of communication. It can be used for social reasons or for educational reasons. When teaching about social media – there are certain things that you want to make sure gets discussed. Anonymity – within social media. People can pretend to be other people so you don’t want to to believe everything that you read.Disclosing to much – is tied into anonymity perfectly. You really never know who is on the other side of that computer so teaching students to not share to much about themselves and there personal lives might be a great thing to do. Moderation with Social Media – this is tied to connectivity. The need to feel connected. I had this problem. When I first started to use twitter, I wanted to keep up with everything. Yea that was tough. I felt that I was going to miss something and I needed to be online. Its important to let go, It’s important to be informed but not at the risk of missing “Life”.Repercussions of what you post online – Digital Footprint can serioulsy help or hurt you. (Next Slide)
Digital Footprint - The information you access, the details that you share with others, the games that you play, and the groups that you interact with all have traces of your digital footprint.Google search your name and you might be shocked at what comes out –that is a great example of your digital footprint. You cant erase your digital footprint. This could be your Kryptonite. You can be judged based on your digital footprint before you ever meet someone face to face. (Baby Sitting – and Facebook story)
Supervise children at all times – Children should always be supervised, at home, at school, and online. - Open line of communication between students and parents, and teachers.We want to model digital citizenship. Parents and teachers are united in mission. Every time a student works with technology in class, we should be introducing a piece of of the digital citizenship curriculum to scaffold off of the basics taught at the Beginning of the school year.Teachers – it is our job to prepare parents for the digital world and supervision as it is an extension of the digital classroom. Parents are not fully familiar with digital citizenship. Encourage parents to ensure a safe online environment at home. Teachers can communicate some of these behaviors by providing safe website for assignments, and encouraging positive behaviors and assignments that include parent interaction.
Younger students are always going to be more willing to buy into the idea of being safe online quicker than older students. Boost student confidence up, explain why this is such a big deal for them to learn and how proud you are of them for being responsible online citizen. They need to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Digital Citizenship 101 ICE2014
Digital Citizenship 101
How to teach digital
Face to Face or Online?
Why we created a PD
course and how?
Digital Citizenship 101
Created in Edmodo.
Created by teachers from all
(Elem., Middle, High)
Mission: To expose teachers
to free and easy professional
development that deals with
digital citizenship so they can
teach it effectively.
Intro to Digital
Our students as
What is a digital native?
What is a digital
Are their advantages
What is digital
What is e-mail
To text or not to text
Core rules to follow:
Teaching netiquette at
a young age.
Habits to break.
Check List – For your
The need/urge to stay
What is a safe network?
How do students connect
Online environment vs.
Copyright – What it is?
How to site them?
Good sources v. Bad sources
Intentional and Accidental.
cyberbullying when it
What to do when you
Disclosing too much
in social media.
your behavior within
What is your digital footprint?
How does this apply to everyone.
Making students aware of their
“digital footprint” through the
teaching of digital citizenship.
You can’t erase your digital
Don’t let this be your Kryptonite.
Schools, Parents &
Children should always be
supervised no matter the
Open line of communication.
Model being a digital citizen.
Expose parents to proper
education of digital citizenship.
The teaching does not end at
Not Just For Kids
Digital Citizenship is not
just for students.
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Do Not Be
Afraid To Fail
Have A Plan
Impact of Social Media
What is truly important to
Impact of Social Media
A comment can make their
day or ruin their month.
Digital Dossier – a
documents about a
event, or subject.
Boost student confidence.
Create a sense of
Create a certificate for
Earn a digital citizenship
• Create a digital
• Access lesson, posters,
tool kits, videos,
assessments and more.
Common Sense Media:
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TED X Video
Teaching Digital Citizenship
Source - http://mediasmarts.ca/
Lessons plans for teaching digital citizenship K12
Current events – Dealing with digital citizenship
Short videos explaining key concepts for
Source - http://www.ikeepsafe.org/
Teacher professional development videos
Elementary/Secondary curriculum for
Educator packets with resources
Source - http://archive.org/
Focus: 391 Billion Sites - Search for Digital
Citizenship. You will find Podcasts, Lessons,
Sites and so much more.
Link - http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents
Focus – Has videos and presentations
Great resources that can also be shared with
Professional Development: AcademyLion.com
Demo Digital Citizenship Course for Educators
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