Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Digital Citizenship - Where Does It Fit?

     Digital Citizenship is something that I feel really gets put on the wayside in life in general - not just school districts.  It seems that the ONLY time digital citizenship comes up is when kids do something wrong in regards to it!  Why not be PROACTIVE instead of REACTIVE?  Although I KNOW that the school isn't the only place that this should be taught, when you have technologies that students are using in schools, we ARE somewhat responsible for this training.  I emailed some of the neighboring schools to see what kinds of things they are doing regarding digital citizenship.  Some have required courses, some do things in elementary school, and some, like us, are trying to find that balance of where it should go.
    Minnetonka has a GREAT starting point and it's COMPLETELY FREE!  Common Sense Media was created for JUST this issue!  If you go to the link, you will find a complete scope and sequence with lessons plans designed for grades K-12 - FREE:)!!!  AND if you happen to have an iPad initiative like we do - there are FREE digital citizenship iBooks for each of these areas as well - with a complementary teacher edition - SO GREAT!!!

    If you get a chance, check them out.  Mine are downloading into my iBooks As. We. Speak.  I am going to start digging into this a little more and I will keep you posted on what I find out - what I think of it - and if I think it's worth your time.
   Until then - continue to do what YOU'RE doing - teaching our kids to be responsible digital citizens!!!

Happy Tuesday,
Mrs. I:)

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