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ECUR 325 (506) Digital Citizenship

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Uses of Technology

in the Classroom:

graphing calculators, visual aides, anything

that is well planned and helps the student learn

-SchoolTube - safe environment where students can post self-produced videos for classroom
use; platform to share creations
technology is useful in disseminating information.
Streamlines learning, can gather information faster
Sharing your own knowledge with the class
Compiling information

Uses of Technology

in the Classroom:

time wasters, research assignments for

students that do not have enough self-monitoring to stay on task

anything other than disseminating information ;)
Too much freedom without the proper guidance can lead to misuse
If using the technology makes the learning of the subject matter a secondary aspect of
the exercise
What do we want our students

to know about Digital Citizenship?

that they are part of a

community and have both rights and responsibilities, that their digital footprint lasts.
Digital Citizenship is like national citizenship. Students need to be informed to be engaged
citizens and schools (used to?) teach students explicitly about democracy. Likewise students
need to be informed in order to participate in the digital society. Social norms in the digital
society are still being defined, partly because of its novelty and partly because of its dynamic
nature. It is doubly important for students to be informed about digital citizenship because they
will not only be participants, but be the people who define the norms of digital society.
Being a "digital citizen" also comes with a certain set of expectations. There comes certain
RESPONSIBILITIES on the part of the users. Public forums come with a variety of privacy
issues, professional vulnerability, legal implications, and more. For teachers, and for students
who wish to one day have a career in a particular sector, off-duty conduct matters with social
media. All digital citizen need to be aware of unintended misuse, or even inappropriate use, as
they can result in criminal charges/civil action. We should maintain professional

at ALL times, and teachers can model what appropriate

communication looks like for their students,

Ultimately, we are preparing students to live

responsibly, productively, and ethically, in a growing digital environment!

What do teachers need to know or model with regard to Digital Citizenship?

how to use technology to benefit oneself, not just for entertainment

that they understand that it carries with it rights and responsibilities just like the
membership of any community

Teachers should model real life analogies to situations in digital society. For example, if
in a house, the front curtain is drawn, this is not an invitation to walk up and press your
nose against the glass. If it's 'creepy' in real life, there are likely digital situations that are

That technology is a part of our life and we need to know how to live with it

Teachers can model what appropriate communication

how to maintain professional conduct at all times.

looks like for their students; and

What do you need to do (could you do) as a teacher to ensure your students learned ONE
of the elements of Digital citizenship (respect, educate, or protect)? give them the
opportunity to contribute to the digital realm in a way that constitutes all three aspects. Make
the learning authentic.

Use facebook or some other social media application in class to explore

how it could be used properly (and improperly). Incorporate technology use in what you do in
preparation and teaching and allow students to share in that.
You can demonstrate Respect by showing the history of cyberbullying - with the emergence of
Social Media, the concept of respect has virtually disappeared. Further show the implications of
cyberbullying/online harassment/etc., in specific case studies of teen suicide rates.
You can demonstrate Educate by bringing in guest speakers (ie: policeman/woman that deals
with cyber crimes/child exploitation unit/criminal investigation) to share tips about safe use of the
internet, red flags to be aware of, and conduct to avoid, as well as the ramifications of crimes
committed and their penalties.
You can demonstrate Protect by showing students how to protect their online profiles and
information. You can research apps/programs/etc., and their usage rights (read the fine print!).
Also, educate on copyright infringement (for photos, etc.)
Suggestions from class:
Saskatchewan Curriculum Project App -Note, I used this app to create a
abandon it. It has a strange way of linking outcomes and indicators. What it does
organized access to the curriculum.

PHET Simulations

really well is providing

The information then needs to be cut and pasted into your own lesson

(Kathy would not likely accept a lesson plan from this applY

lesson plan and had to

List your name here to record your collaboration

Gail MacKay
Robin Severson

Kirstin Gowda
Michael Hrycay
Marthinus (Franco) Le Roux

Lee Gilbert

Nicki Marquis