This week we talked about digital citizenship and I decided I wanted to challenge myself and look into different ways to incorporate talking about digital citizenship into the classroom.
To start what does it mean to be a digital citizen? Well the definition of a digital citizen is…
digital citizen – a personwhodevelopstheskillsandknowledgetoeffectivelyusethe Internetandotherdigitaltechnology,especiallyinordertoparticipate responsiblyinsocialandcivicactivities.
So why teach about digital citizenship? It is something I believe in teaching my students. I don’t want to just teach them how to effectively use the internet but how to behave when using the internet. I feel like we always focus on the negative things when teaching kids. We always tell them don’t do this and don’t do that. Well that isn’t going to help them. Instead of telling them what not to do we should be giving them the tools on what to do. We don’t need to be scaring them away from the internet. The internet is a wonderful place filled with knowledge and helpful sites in addition to the not to helpful.
And personally, I like it. I feel as if it could be a valuable tool for teaching students to stay safe online. I can see myself displaying this in my classroom to help guide my students as they are navigating the world wide web. However, I feel as if there are other posters out there that could be just as good. In my search, I came across this one from this site…
Again, a poster I really like that can help my students understand what it means to be a digital citizen. But these are just posters. How can I actually go about teaching my students how to navigate the internet as well as what is appropriate when using the internet. I came across this website which is the same place I got the second poster from. Something that really caught my eye was the Resources to Explore section. I found that some of the resources not only would help my students grow their digital citizenship but they could help me grow my own as well.
I have also include links to a few other posters and resources I found to be interesting and could be useful when talking about what it means to be a digital citizen and digital citizenship: