I thought I would provide you all with an update regarding the progress of my major digital project. Recently, I completed another detailed lesson plan for the Digital Law element and added it to my Google classroom. For this lesson, its primary focus involves teaching students how to properly cite information they find online and intend to use. The lesson begins with questioning the student’s previous knowledge about citations and the explains why citing information is not only respectful but a necessary skill to learn. Furthermore, it encourages students to think critically by examining the term plagiarism and some of the possible consequences for not sourcing information properly.
Within schools, teachers should make every effort to include the use of digital tools within their teaching practices in part of teaching about digital citizenship. Now a days, the majority of research is performed online, rather than by the use of traditional textbooks. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that both teachers and students turn to the internet in order to collect data. In today’s digital world, almost anything can be learned online. Although retrieving information online is quick and convenient, it is important for teachers to educate their students about electronic responsibility. Digital law deals with the ethics of technology within a society and these laws apply to anyone who works or plays online. It is crucial for students to understand this. While it may be easy to claim someone else’s work to be your own, plagiarism is unethical and is considered to be an online crime. As a teacher and an adult learner, I cannot stress this enough!
For me, developing this lesson plan was rather meaningful because within my ten years of teaching experience, I have witnessed plagiarism from students (mainly from students in the middle-years level) on several different occasions. Although I would try my best to explain why it is disrespectful and dishonest, I really felt like I did not have the tools or proper knowledge needed in order to teach my students about digital citizenship and all of its elements. But now, this course has granted me a second chance. By creating a curriculum-based resource for teaching about digital citizenship, it will provide me with the opportunity to teach my future students about the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use. Moreover, it will encourage the use of digital tools within my day to day teaching practices.
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