Digital Citizenship Week
October 16-20, 2017 is Digital Citizenship Week! As educators, we will be discussing and thinking about how we can be better digital citizens and build positive digital footprints.
Some of the questions that we can ask at each grade level include:
What does it mean to be a digital citizen? At today’s Assembly, one of our students defined citizenship as “belonging to something bigger than ourselves.” I absolutely loved that definition, because it allows us to think about how we can use technology to belong to something bigger. How can we use technology be true and kind to others? To help other people?
How can we be safe when we are using digital tools? We practice two very important rules around technology: 1) Our devices are learning tools, and 2) Online = Offline. Both of these rules remind us that we want to practice safe and positive behavior in all aspects of our lives – in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and with technology.
How can we build positive digital footprints? Even at the youngest age, we can help students collect moments of pride, kindness, and celebration in our digital portfolios. And there are plenty of authentic audiences for sharing our portfolios – from teachers and classmates inside the school walls, to family and friends outside the school. Developing positive habits at a young age can lead to positive digital experiences as children grow.
Throughout the month, I will be visiting classrooms to help students and teachers get started building digital portfolios. For our youngest students, this may simply mean loading moments of pride and kindness into a Google Drive folder. In upper elementary, students can begin taking ownership over their portfolios by decorating Google Slides and reflecting upon their entries. By middle school, students can get creative, designing their own personal Google Sites to display their positive footprints.
As teachers, we can also model positive digital citizenship in our own lives. We can use technology with students, share our own digital footprints with our classes, and engage in conversations around technology topics with one another and our students.
What does your digital footprint say about you?
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