You’ve heard the rumors, and you’ve seen the headlines...unfortunately, it is a reality that sometimes our students struggle to make good decisions when using the access given to them through the use of technology. With the ability to share and post with a click of a button, we have to make an intentional effort to teach digital citizenship and hold students accountable for their choices and behaviors online, particularly when using the district’s technology. Where can you start? There are several resources that have been made available for an instructional focus on digital citizenship.
These lesson plans include any relevant websites and student handouts, along with Common Core standards correlated to take an integrated approach when using these lessons. In addition, they also offer some online interactives to illustrate for students the challenges and best options when using technology in a game-like presentation.
Both of these resources offer parent resources to support conversations at home, which helps students understand that digital citizenship is a life skill and not necessarily specific to their learning environment.
If you do have a student who makes poor choices, there are options to temporarily restrict their access to digital resources like Google Drive, in keeping with the Student Acceptable Use And Internet Safety Agreement. All students indicated on their handbook receipts that they have read and agree to these guidelines, so if it becomes necessary to follow through, please feel free to contact me or our IT director.
Being proactive is definitely more preferred than having to be reactive to students’ digital choices. If you’d like support in implementing instruction on digital citizenship, feel free to contact either your instructional or technology coach. We are happy to support your efforts in raising up outstanding citizens in all areas, including the digital realm.
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