Passport to Technology

Students today are almost constantly using, accessing, and sharing information through technology.  It is important that we share common rules and practices with students so they can learn the norms of this technology culture.  You wouldn’t dream of taking a group of students to a museum if they don’t first understand the rules and norms there..  There is no way you could let a student take a trip without some guidance about the cultural practices of the country they were visiting.  Sure they could wander around and pick up some of the customs but you’d be sure to tell them if something was drastically different or if certain behavior would put them in a dangerous situation or get them arrested. Teaching digital citizenship is important in today’s classrooms in order to allow our students to use technology correctly and safely.  Sure, they know and understand some of the customs but we need to help lay the important ground rules to this foreign digital country.

Attempting to improve my own knowledge of different technology I have started to follow some people on Twitter and found some resources to use in the classroom to teach digital citizenship.

This tweet (above) by Edutopia was really helpful because it allowed me to explore another online platform in order to learn even more about digital citizenship.  I wasn’t really sure how pinterest worked but now I see how helpful it can be.  This collection of items related to digital citizenship.  It has posters and good tips to give to students.  It even has creative ways to talk about this with students through links to websites like this one.

In another tweet by Edutopia, there is a link to other resources to again help teachers bring up this subject.  It’s important to have these resources so that you can reach your students in the best way possible.  By following some of the links and watching some of the videos that one site created to bring it up to younger students, it helped me see some of the simplified views of what could happen.  This website uses the think aloud method which might help to keep kids safe when using the internet.  Though some of the things they mention are a bit outdated, it helped me realize how internet safety seems second nature to me now but it actually is a lot of information for kids to take in.

This article shows how much impact technology can have and that commonly used websites like Facebook are taking notice.  The article linked in the tweet mentions how technology is often very natural for students today but there is a culture that comes with it.  If we want students to be safe we have to help them understand that culture and all of the aspects that come with it.


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