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Digital Citizenship in Your Connected Classroom

In the connected classroom, students have the opportunity to connect not only with their classmates but others around the world. As connections span across different countries, cultures, and languages, students need to learn the skills to be good digital citizens.

 

How does citizenship apply to the digital world? We already hold our students accountable for what they say in the physical world, but what about the digital one? Just like in-person interactions, interactions in digital spaces have consequences. With the wide variety of online forums and social media, students now need to learn how to be held accountable in both.

 

Digital literacy is a lesson that should be embedded into everything we do with technology, not just a one-off discussion never to be brought up again.

 

When teaching digital literacy to your students, there are three themes to keep in mind: staying safe, being responsible, and keeping respectful.

 

Staying Safe

 

When students have the ability to share their work with the world, it may be the first time they’ve been able to connect with others digitally. This is a good time for a conversation with students about what is appropriate to share online and what you shouldn’t. For example, personal information should never be shared with people in an online space.

 

Being Responsible

 

Being responsible in the connected classroom can have many meanings, from taking care of the devices used in the classroom, to evaluating a website for valid and credible information. A conversation to have with your students is that actions online have consequences, just as they do in the classroom.

 

Keeping Respectful

A connected classroom is a great place for students to learn to show respect for others in online spaces. Just as your students show respect for each other in the classroom, that respect should follow into digital spaces. This lesson translates well into online spaces students spend time in outside of school hours, like social media or video games.

 

A good place to start this conversation is talking about how we treat each other in person, then asking how we treat others online. Should it be different or the same? How should we comment on others’ work?

 

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These digital literacy lessons are ones to continually talk about with your students. As students get older and enter the workforce, these skills gained in your classroom will set them up for success.

 

Are you interested in connected your classroom? We’re launching a new cohort of The Connected Teacher microcredential, a year-long mentorship program designed to help you connect yourself and your classroom to the world.

 

Get a preview of The Connected Teacher microcredential! Download our free resource “6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Creating Tech Rich Units” to help you get started planning tech-rich units with ease. This infographic details the questions you should be asking yourself when creating tech-rich units to make time spent creating tech-rich units efficient.

Registration for The Connected Teacher is now open! The Connected Teacher microcredential will help you build and maintain a connected classroom, transform student learning through local and global connections, and leverage the power of local and global connections as a teacher and a learner. The next cohort of The Connected Teacher begins in November! Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.

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