Well, after a week of much reflection and debate, I have finally decided on a major project for this course. This semester, I will work towards developing a curriculum-based resource for teaching digital citizenship, specifically designed for the elementary level (K-4). As an educator, teaching my students about digital citizenship is extremely important. As previously stated in my introductory post, technology is embedded in almost everything we do within in our daily lives. We rely on technology for many things and it comes as no surprise that our children/students are immersed in it as well.
The advancements of technology and the internet has drastically changed the way we learn, do business and communicate. In fact, communication today has never been more accessible and convenient. Within today’s digital world, there are a number of social media apps available to explore and though they may operate differently, they do share some similarities; Instant messaging and the sharing of images and information. It is evident that social networking provides many positive influences, such as creating awareness, helps to develop social skills, and encourages digital literacy. However, there are also negative influences which puts our students at risk. Some of these risks includes; Social peer pressure, cyber-bullying, privacy issues, and public shaming. Unfortunately, these risks often occur due to the improper use of social media and can be avoided if our students have the knowledge they require to navigate through the online world safely and appropriately.
As adults, we understand how valuable social media can be, personally and professionally, despite the negative influences of social networking. However, this is not always the case for our students. Perhaps, we may be a bit foolish to assume that each student knows what they’re doing. Students are often blinded by the potential risks associated with social networking. Why? It is simple…Social media is engaging, fun and provides instant communication with their friends. Some of the most popular social media apps being used by our students today are: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube.
In order to develop a curriculum-based resource for teaching digital citizenship, I will heavily rely on the following resources to assist in my planning: Ribble’s nine elements of digital citizenship, Saskatchewan Digital Citizenship Continuum, and the Saskatchewan’s Digital Citizenship Policy Planning Guide. However, I will also be searching for other resources that may be valuable. Recently, I turned to my PLN on Twitter in hopes of finding some resources I may be able to use. Thankfully, Krista replied to my tweet and introduced me to the Common Sense Education website! I am excited to explore the many activities for digital citizenship that this site has to offer!
Although it is still very early, my hope is to develop a curriculum-based resource which resembles somewhat of a detailed unit plan about digital citizenship. This unit plan would contain lesson plans which include detailed instructions, interactive activities (some using social media apps) and formative assessments. However, I am very open to any suggestions you guys may have to offer! What kind of resources would you use for developing a curriculum-based resource for teaching digital citizenship? How would you go about planning for this resource? I look forward to hearing your suggestions and/or ideas!
Well, until next time…Thanks for stopping by!