Monday, July 30, 2012

Tool #10

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens. First, it's important my students understand how to navigate the web safely and try to avoid inappropriate material. As well, using time wisely and efficiently so as not to waste unnecessary time online. Another important lesson to learn is they need to be taught that not everything they read or see online is true. Information needs to be verified via several sources and considered carefully. We need to be smart internet users who use common sense just as we do walking around the real world. Another great tool is using the iSafe internet site to teach safe internet usage. Our librarian, Lisa Branon, also gave our third graders lessons last year on internet safety, which will again be a great supplement to our talks in the classrooms this coming year. 2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally. Well, I definitely plan on creating an iSafe account in order to utilize that website for internet safety lessons. On a regular basis, I will continue using MangaHigh and Brainpop, Jr during whole group and workstations, as well as Edmodo for supplemental learning and information. 3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students. I would teach them that as they login, create accounts on websites and surf the web, they are leaving a 'digital' footprint as they do walking around the sand on the beach. I heard one principal once say, "don't put anything on the internet that you don't want read in a newspaper." I would teach them how to determine if they're using a credible website and that they need a plan and purpose as they are searching for information online. 4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents. I feel the best means of sharing information on digital citizenship with parents is during our 3rd great curriculum night- sharing our librarian's lesson on internet safety that night so they are aware of what the kids are being taught at school so it can be reinforced and discussed at home.

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