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Common Sense Media Certified Instructor
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The 21st Century Student
Today’s students have access to a plethora of digital resources and environments. Cell Phone, Mobile Devices, Computers, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat – are all resources that engage students. Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety are essential for students to navigate the resources safely. There is an important connection between school and home in regards to Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety. Parents may not be aware or may not have the tech savvy to understand the dangers. Open communication and sharing of resources allows for both home and school to be informed and diligent.
Marzano states, “Research suggest that students are not experts at finding information. Students have difficulty with selecting and modifying search terms, using keywords instead of natural language (sentences) when searching, narrowing their topics, using command language in databases, and planning their searches beforehand. Students also have trouble evaluating their sources for relevance and credibility.” (Teaching & Assessing 21st Century Skills 2012)
A good digital student isn’t just a student who is conscientious when interacting online in any regard. A good digital student is conscientious when to use what tool for what assignment or project. A good digital student has a keen understanding of digital resources and devices.
Today’s students need to think critically in order to be good Digital Citizens. The quote below describes how students feel the internet works.
By Alan November
When I’m giving a talk to students about being responsible digital citizens, I’ll tell them, “You know, some day you might apply to college, or run for Congress—and you might regret something you posted online when you were young.” And there’s always one student who will say to me, “Mr. November, we’re not that stupid—we’re going to take those things off the Web before we apply to college.” (REALLY?)
At that point, I pause the discussion. I show them a website called the Wayback Machine, and I call up some website that’s been gone for 10 years. There it is, live on the screen, as if it never had vanished. Typically, all of the links work as well.
* Introduce Digital Citizenship Curriculum
* Experience Digital Passports – 3 – 5
* Secondary Lessons
* Video Resources
* Focus on guiding students
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ISTE NETS For Students
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) has updated the standards for 2016. Here is the ISTE Standards_Students-2016 PDF detailing all of the ISTE NETS standards for students.
The ISTE NETs highlight the following themes:
1) Empowered Learning
2) Digital Citizen
3) Digital Citizenship
4) Innovative Designer
5) Computational Thinker
6) Creative Communicator
7) Global Collaborator
Below is the specific standard for Digital Citizenship
2. Digital Citizen
Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
a.cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
b.engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
c.demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
d.manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.
When & Where?
Teachers are busy and curriculum demands make it difficult to add Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety (DC IS) into the classroom. Really, DC IS is part of character education. When there is any conversation online such as using Schoology or Edmodo, students need to be reminded of DC & IS. Post guidelines in the classroom (many can be downloaded from the internet or have students create).
This is a great resource to use when interacting online: Ten Ways to Use Discussions Forums to Promote Digital Citizenship
* Character Friday – pick an element of DC IS to introduce, discuss, and interact
* Project Based Learning – have student create a project on one of the topics of DC IS
* DC IS Day or Week in which you will pull DC and IS into every conversation and activity
* Highlight one aspect of DC IS a month
* Think about each aspect – when you are writing a research paper – highlight Copyright and Plagiarism. When you are talking about online discussion, highlight Cyberbully and Privacy.
* At the beginning of the school year when students are accessing computers or mobile devices for the first time, Safe Password is important.
*Fakebook – https://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page
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