Friday, February 17, 2012
Thinking about how to teach digital citizenship is a new concept for me to consider. I feel that going through this process of 11 Tools has definitely opened my eyes to what technology has to offer our students and how much more fun and engaging our jobs become as a result of this. But I do think it important to teach all children how to critically assess many areas of their life and technology is no exception. The more we develop their problem solving skills, their ability to analyze what they see and hear (and not accepting something at "face value") are all skills we want to cultivate in our students but within the context of a truly global digital world, it becomes even more critical. As parents and teachers we want to teach our kids to take risks and explore the world, but to also be aware of potential pitfalls. Also, as it was stated on the fosi.org website, it is not so much about teaching safety but helping them to see what greatness can await them in a digital world - how much more they can learn and create by communicating with people from around the world. As a speech-language pathologist, I don't currently see that my students would be engaged in researching a variety of websites on the internet, but I do think as a whole teachers need to discuss what this idea means of "digital citizenship" and how this can be encouraged and nurtured.