Sunday, June 10, 2012

Tool 10

Digital Citizenship simply put involves teaching children to do the right thing whether you (or their parents) are watching or not. My goals for my students in digital citizenship always involve safety first, choosing appropriate and acceptable resources and sources, and understanding giving credit to sources. There are many other topics that are covered by myself and many others, such as appropriate language and good manners, but the three that I like to focus on encompass the others. One way to do that is through educating students about Creative Commons licenses. By following the ideas and plans on the ISTE-NETS for Students site many of the issues mentioned above would be handled easily. The discussions around the various forms of Creative Commons licenses available would include student understanding of what each license entails and how to incorporate those same licenses into their personal work.

Parents need to be exposed to the same standards for ethical and legal behavior as the students. As the ideas are instilled in the students, parents need access to teacher publications and shared sites that address those issues of safety and ethical use both for their own benefit and to ensure the same concepts taught at school are followed at home as well, creating more and more good digital citizens. Parents can also be invited to share or view student work explaining good digital citizenship.

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