Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is important because we are living in technological age where more information is available; however, with all this information we need to guide students. We need to teach students where to find credible information, what to do with this information, and how to protect themselves from dangerous people and sites online.

Here is a short video about a few principles of digital citizenship: Digital Citizenship

Connected Educator

Being a connected educator is crucial to continued growth for educators. Staying connected allows educators to stay current with popular trends, aware of safety/security concerns, and collaborate with colleagues without missing imperative time in the classroom. The use of #hashtags has boosted connectedness among professionals and I would argue it was a game changer for professionals and development. The example that our professor gave in class on the first day about attending conferences and still being able to learn information from other breakout sessions was a very common practice that I have seen firsthand. This was even seen in our #422edtech conversation because a person joined in the conversation who did not belong in our classroom.

I found our last class session meeting on Twitter rather easy because I have used Twitter before. Although, admittedly, I had to remember that this was for class and not for fun so I had to be mindful of my grammar and spelling! It was nice to connect with classmates and see their replies to common questions that our professor asked. I saw and benefitted from good dialogue taking place regarding the use of technology in education. For this activity/assignment, I learned that social media still has benefits despite all the negative criticisms is receives (mainly about people who misuse it).

This activity/assignment relates to the ISTE standards listed below:

III 3A – Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.

III 3B – Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation.

IV C – Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.

V D – Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.

Classmate Collaboration

I followed Heidi Reinholtz, Gabriela Goff, and Jenny Rudloff on Twitter. Additionally, I subscribed to their WordPress blogs. After clicking to their WordPress blogs, I read their bios and watched their Ted Talk videos. I left a reply to each Ted talk and provided the following resources to their respective blogs posts:

Heidi Reinholtz –  Blog Link Shared Reference Link

Gabriela Goff – Blog Link  Shared Reference Link

Jenny Rudloff – Blog Link Shared Reference Link

Overall, I enjoyed collaborating on Twitter and on WordPress with my classmates. Most of all, I enjoyed their posted Ted Talks and posts on those Ted talks.

TED Talks – Technology in Education

The video below is TED Talk is by Don TapScott entitled “The Four Principles for the Open World” . It discusses the future possibilities that can occur because of progression of technology. His stance is that children are the future engineers of the future because of their contribution to technology. He claims they do not fear technology and the current generation are “digital natives” because they have always been with it. TapScott says that because of the openness of technology and the internet that the world will become a better place. He states that the follow core principles (collaboration, transparency, sharing, and empowerment) will inevitably create this better world.

This relates to current educators because rather than utilizing technology to tools to purely educate, we should strive to educate, create, and innovate. And the means to transform our to this goal is through these four core principles.

This relates to the ISTE Standard I – Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity. This standards sets the goal that educators using technology will “facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.”

How can future educators utilize technology to enhance knowledge of the future rather than replicate the present?