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Reply below with guidelines, advice, rules, etc. that help you or your students be good digital citizens. Your feedback will create a Wordle that will be added on the DigiFoot12 Wiki.
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I agree Scott, always presume good intentions. In my online courses, one of first posts always is this note:
Folks, inevitably, I make a post or reply to an email that is short and to the point and people misread my curtness as me being a jerk.
Please trust that I'm not treating you that way. I want to help you and even though we are not interacting in person or even in real time, I'll treat you respectfully. I understand frustration and even when you are waiting until 11 pm on Monday night (The end of the week) to get work done, I won't dis you.
We do have to hold each other accountable to do our respective jobs here.
When sending a business email I stick to facts and give explanations when I think there could be a question. Emotions and some types of humor don't always translate well. I always say please when I need someone to do something and I always say thanks. I also try to be prompt when returning emails. I hope that folks feel appreciated.
As a teacher, you should always be setting the example when using digital tools such as blogs, nings, wikis, edmodo, twitter and even facebook. Use examples from the newspaper of both good and bad uses of digital tools. Teach about strong passwords, terminology, how to check privacy settings especially with facebook. Demonstrate good examples especially commenting when using blogs Mrs Yollis, Mrs Morris and check how they interact with parents on their class blogs.
Use common sense...if you question whether or not you should do something, you probably shouldn't.
Good modeling is the best way for our students to understand what good digital citizenship. In our orientation classes and everytime a class enters the media center for research one computer is running a slide show that reminds them of actions and thoughts regarding digital use. During the orientations we talk about responsibility as a user of the Internet and often it comes to a discussion of the effect one's actions might have on family, friends and future employers. My Facebook and Twitter accounts remain very professional and are seen by both students and parents in our community. When texting with either a parent or a student, I model the correct use of the media.
I couldn´t agree more with you.!
Using techonology for contributing in a positive way, that is, helping others, promoting learning, sharing good ideas and communicating with who are far away. On the other hand rudeness on comments, pornography, violence promotion, lack of respect to others is not a demonstration of good digital citizenship.
We have a sign posted in the computer lab and a saying: If you are not willing for the entire world to see it, AND you would not want it said or posted of you
DON'T POST IT!
Because I teach elementary students, I have spent considerable time encouraging them not to use "ask.com" or "wikipedia" as their primary source for references. LOL!
The English teacher in me notices how language plays a role in digital citizenship. Because the intonation, body language, and facial features are part of oral communication, it has become necessary to use acronyms like LOL to ensure the reader understands the text. Abbreviations are also prevalent. Social media has developed its own language along with its own culture that don't easily translate into the f2f environment. I make adjustments as I delve into social media. If it offends my soul, I delete, unfriend, cancel. If I am uncertain, I check in with one of my teenage granddaughters. They are teaching me.
Be open and transparent about intention and purpose. Share. Ask and answer questions. Be welcoming. That is how you get to know new members to a group, get to know the ones you already know even better. If you must work in a walled garden, open the windows.
Truthfully, I haven't had the opportunity (or created one, 'til now) to model and discuss good digital citizenship with my elementary special education students. I do know that in their general ed specials rotations, they get to hear about internet safety from another educator on a fairly regular basis; I'm not sure how much is taught from the "information creation" perspective. It's just hard to teach such skills without the opportunity to use and emphasize them.