Week 4: Being a Citizen

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This week we look into citizenship. While your country has granted you an earthly passport for travel after a plethora of paperwork, there is no such requirement for the digital world. Access is given to anyone as soon as they have a device and they are free to roam. While there are lots of advantages to this, in the developing minds of children, it might not hurt to provide some guidance.

But first your quick weekly checklist:

  • 3 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • Remember as a part of your GET certification it is important to start trying to incorporate ways you are planning trainings for your colleagues and/or using GSuite tools in your daily work
  • 3 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • You are encouraged to comment more, but only log one per week
  • Checked and approved all comments on your own blog and hopefully responded to them. You’ll get much more from continuing the conversation.
  • Connected with another member of the cohort to get working on your Course 2 Final Project

And a quick formative assessment

Some thoughts on leading digital citizenship conversations

A couple of years ago I led a digital citizenship workshop for our 10th graders. I knew they had heard all the scare tactics before about online safety, and I wanted the workshop to be built around conversation among them, not by me. So I turned to my friends at Note to Self and we based our conversation on this episode A Smartphone and its Teenager. Students filled out a survey via Google Forms after listening to the podcast and the results were quite interesting. The process of using anonymous survey gave the students an opportunity to express their opinions freely. Their answers also created a starting point for further conversations around their perceptions of bullying and their own online habits.  

Digital citizenship is a fascinating topic to discuss with students and adults. In fact, for the next four weeks I’m in a book club with parents of students from KG to high school led by our ES & MS counselors. (full disclosure the ES counselor is my wife, so I’m a little partial) The first week sparked some great conversations. The leaders pulled quotes from the book for us to discuss using a Visible Thinking routine, creating an atmosphere that was welcoming and engaging even if you hadn’t read the chapters. (I did read them, for the record). It was encouraging to hear these parents openly discuss their struggles and their strategies for dealing with the challenges of raising kids in an ever changing digital landscape. It was a very successful afternoon, even if the parent next to me watched Facebook videos on her phone for half the session. I swear to goodness, I’m not making it up!

So as you go into classrooms or plan to lead professional development sessions around this topic, remember that there is a lot more to this than telling students they have to think about what they post. They need a chance to talk, to share their thoughts, to teach you a little bit about the digital landscape. And most of all, they learn from watching us!

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