Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tool # 10 Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.

Students need to realize that plagiarism is not acceptable. Often times, students simply copy and paste the information they found. Our students need to be taught that plagiarizing is unlawful and unfair to the creators of that work. By informing students of plagiarism, it makes them aware that they shouldn't copy and allows students to challenge their ethics! I'd also like for my students to realize that they can't just pick a random source from the internet and use it as a valid source. Students have to learn that the validity of some sources may not be trustworthy and the information may not be accurate. Lastly, I'd like to make sure that my students are aware of online safety. Students need to feel safe, interact safely with others and use the internet safely. The world wide web can be a dangerous place for young impressionable students, therefore, we need to make sure that our students understand what is expected of them in regards to interacting on the web.

The Ed Tech website had a a bunch of resources that our students could really benefit from such as BrainPOP, Digizen and Cyberbee. Digital Citizenship should be introduced to the students on the first day of school when we are going class rules and etc. Also, the topic could be covered again with parent at open house night.

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