Digital Law – my greatest weakness
Upon reading the 9 themes of digital citizenship, I realized I am particularly weak in the area of digital law. I never thought I was breaking any laws as a citizen in the digital community. Through further research, I learned about using images and copyright laws. I honestly often just do a google image search when I am in need of a picture for a document or my classroom webpage. I have now learned how to do a proper google image search that takes usage rights into account.
- Step one – complete a google image search
- Step two – click on search tools
- Step three – click on usage rights
- Step four – select appropriate choice from the menu
- Step five – choose an image that is labeled for reuse
I am thankful that this is fairly simple to do and will make sure to search for images appropriately in the future. When I instruct students on how to add images to their documents and online projects, I will be sure to go over these steps and the importance of following digital law to protect ourselves and others.
Digital Citizenship for Families
To communicate the importance of being a good member of the digital community to parents, I added a section about internet safety under the resources for parents tab on my classroom webpage. It includes links to tips for families and a link to a kid friendly search engine. Click here to see this page on my classroom website.
Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Classroom
In looking for lessons to do with my kids this fall, I discovered The Power of Words on Common Sense Media. What a powerful lesson to touch on internet safety and cyberbullying. I would like to use this lesson with my students before I introduce blogging. I want students to understand the importance of making comments that are positive and constructive.
While continuing to search the internet for resources, I found this incredible activity about leaving a digital footprint. Thank you to Tales from a Tidy Teacher for sharing! I definitely see myself trying this with my kids this fall. I want them to understand that everything they post online stays with them for years to come. The lesson also incorporates Tagxedo to give them an interesting way to show what they would want connected to their name in 10-15 years. I look forward to seeing what words and ideas my students come up with.
CITW and ISTE Standards
I feel that thing 8 is closely linked to cooperative learning. In order for my students to participate in blogging and the use of collaborative learning tools, they need to completely understand digital etiquette, cyberbullying and their digital footprint. They need to be able to use these tools in an appropriate, kind and respectful manner. It also clearly supports ISTE Standard 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility. By implementing lessons from Common Sense Media, I will be promoting digital citizenship in my classroom on a regular basis.