Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tool #10

1.  Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.  The very first thing I will discuss with my students is the importance of being safe in the digital world, which means keeping their personal information private.  Kindergartners need to know not to give out their full names, addresses, or any family information.  I will explain that there are lots of great sites to visit on the internet, but they need to follow some rules to be safe and visit only sites that have been determined as safe.  We will also discuss copyright rules and the fact that everything on the internet cannot always be considered truth.  Also, internet ettiquette will be discussed so that what is said while chatting or posting is appropriate.
2.  Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.  I will use the unit entitled Going Places Safely (K-1), from commonsense media.  This unit offers a complete lesson plan and video on follow rules to remain safe online.  Also, Brainpop Jr. has a video that teaches the same lesson.  It's important for the children to hear the message often, and discuss what it means in the classroom as well as at home.  These resources offer such opportunities.
3.  Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.  I will use the resources mentioned above and have discussions that are age appropriate about the information found on the internet, including copyright issues. We will also briefly discuss the rules put forth by SBISD in the student handbook and encourage the parents to do the same.
4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the ideas of digital citizenship with your parents.  Kindergarten Orientation will be a perfect opportunity to discuss digital citizenship with the parents of my students.  Often, because our students are so young, parents feel like such topics don't apply to kindergartners. Having this discussion at this time will hopefully heighten parental awareness.  Because not all parents will be present at orientation, I will also make the websites available to the parents via newsletter or blog.

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