In this week’s post, please reflect on the school’s/teacher’s role in educating students about digital citizenship? What practices are currently in place in your school/context? How might you envision addressing the concept of digital citizenship in the future?
BEING A LIFELONG LEARNER
The Curriculum Guides that have been developed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, all include the idea of developing our students into life long learners, but what does that mean? It all ties in to being a digital citizen.
At one point in time being a lifelong learner was focused on enjoying reading and maybe even writing. Let’s face it, times a changing, and being a lifelong learner doesn’t mean what it did 20 years ago. What does a lifelong learner mean in the 21st C. and how are we as educators going to facilitate that?
MY UNCLE DICK
This is my 97 year old Great Uncle Dick. Yup, that’s a picture of him last week, when he and his band “THE HAPPY GANG” were ‘doin a gig’ in Chinook.
I use my Uncle Dick as an example today because he exemplifies what it means to be, not only a lifelong learner, but a digital citizen of the 21st C.
He has a social media profile, he knows how to use it, and he’s usually appropriate (although lets get real, he’s 97, he can post whatever the heck he wants!)
HOW DO WE CREATE A WHOLE PILE OF DICKS?
The title sounds a little risque, but seriously! How do we get our kids to want to continue learning? WE NEED TO MAKE THEIR LEARNING RELEVANT FOR TODAY! And guess what, in the 21st C. that means throwing out the textbook (Well not ALL of them), getting rid of the rote testing, and teaching our kids to be critical thinkers, and good DIGITAL CITIZENS.
WHAT A GOOD DIGITAL CITIZEN NEEDS TO KNOW
In today’s media focused world we need to teach our students what is good information on the internet and what is “Fake News”. But not just that, we need to teach them when they should share news, whether personal or found news. What’s appropriate and what’s not.
Elizabeth Thoman and Tessa Jolls, wrote in their article “Media Literacy: A National Priority for a Changing World”
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