For this week we had to blog about topics that my class had discussed in our lecture last Wednesday. For the most part we talked about the safety of the internet and using certain technologies in the school. Whether that be youtube, or mimicking and social media trends that going on and incorporating them into your classroom. Near the end of the lecture we started conversations about Digital Citizenship. Now what exactly is Digital Citizenship?
Digital Citizenship is very complex term and can mean a number of different things to different people, however after searching the web for information on Digital Citizenship I stumbled across a website which can be found here. On this website it help me better understand Digital Citizenship and its definition. On the website it stated that Digital Citizenship helps parents/teacher/students/etc. use the internet and online tools in an appropriate manner.
Above pictured is the word for word definition that was given on the website that I found on Digital Citizenship. I also found out that there are nine elements when it comes to Digital Citizenship and those elements are Digital access, Digital Commerce, Digital Communication, Digital Literacy, Digital Etiquette, Digital Law, Digital Rights and Responsibilities, Digital Health and Wellness, Digital Security. These are all the nine elements that are involved with Digital Citizenship. Now instead of describing each one, the definitions for the following can be found here.
Now Digital Citizenship is not something that is overly new for me, we did learn and discuss quite a bit about Digital Citizenship, looking up definitions can take a while, however I found a great Youtube video that if you are interested in viewing will help you maybe better understand this term.
The link to this Video can be found here.
I think this is a very important issue to address, because it is basically outlining the proper way ti use social media and the internet, and if we aren’t education our teachers, or students, some very controversial and possibly inappropriate things may happen and be posted, so that is why I think it is important to talk about Digital Citizenship in the classroom. I would simply dress this issue in my classroom by asking my students what they think about social media and what they think having good Digital Citizenship is all about, form there a discussion would start and I would outline some key points that they should be following when using the internet and popular social media sites.
I also stumbled across a edtopia site, that breaks down several ways you can discuss and teach Digital Citizenship which can be found here.
Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week.