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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tool #10: Underneath it All - Digital Citizenship

1. Discuss at least three things you would want to make sure your students understand about being good digital citizens.
2. Share at least one of the resources mentioned above or on the Ed Tech website that you plan to use instructionally.
3. Explain briefly how you would "teach" the idea of digital citizenship to your students.
4. Explain briefly how you plan to share the idea of digital citizenship with your parents.
1. Students need to know:
a. Tools are tools and we need to know how to use them properly and take care of them.
b. Safety is essential - swimming, driving, cooking, using digital and social media all require careful use.
c. All must learn respect for individual privacy and intellectual property.
2. I have already used many of the digital tools described on the Ed Tech website. Google Docs is very helpful. I like some of the apps created by the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Welle, ZDF, etc specifically for German language learners. I'm looking forward to using Skype.
3. Teaching digital citizenship is best done by modelling responsible behavior. Persistently guiding students, helping them make the best use of their resources, maintaining high standards pays off eventually.

4. Parents need to see examples of student products. From time to time, a component of the digital assignment should be parent feedback. I have created e-mail contact groups for each of my classes. This is another way to facilitate effective and timely communication.

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