It’s hard to realize we’re almost done with this semester. This was my first class with “Alec,” and I’ve already learnt a lot from him and my classmates. As the course title suggests, “Digital citizenship and media literacy,” I had little prior knowledge of digital media, digital literacy, or digital identity, but this course was really helpful in teaching me about these concepts. Throughout this course, I have learnt a great deal about the digital world and digital technology, as well as a great deal about a variety of websites that are really useful in our daily lives. Furthermore, I collaborated with Amanpreet for the Summary of Learning, and it was a wonderful experience for me to work with you.
Thank you very much everyone for all the tools, websites and articles.
As early as kindergarten, children are introduced to ethics in the classroom. Teacher explains what rules are and what the reason behind them is. Student learns not to hurt or cheat other students. Technology in the classroom, however, complicates the ethics of the classroom.
The use of a device is common among students before entering elementary school. Technology usage experiences vary greatly among students and students. Some parents may not allow their children to use the internet without their consent. You might not know this, but some parents do not allow their children to use the internet without them being present to supervise them.
Ethics have always been at the forefront of learning in a world driven by technology, almost before students learn how to behave in real-life situations through education. Cyberbullying and copyright issues are nothing new to children. Besides handling students’ devices and the internet, teachers must also deal with their varied skill levels in using them.
Keep technology equipment in good condition.
Malware and viruses are rampant, so students must be very cautious when they download, click, and share.
Find learning and research sites that are appropriate and safe.
The information on many websites is inaccurate or false. Educators can recommend websites that are trustworthy. In order to evaluate websites, students must decide whether their content can be trusted.
Creative Commons, the Fair Use Act, and copyright laws are important.
It is not until later those students realize that copying and pasting has copyright implications. It is important for students to be familiar with copyright laws and how to use and share content safely.
Cyberbullying can be prevented with your help.
It is easy to say things on the internet that one would not say in person because of anonymity and lack of face recognition. Aside from discussing the definition of cyberbullying, students should also learn how hurtful and damaging it can be. Cyberbullying is a form of harassment that students can report to teachers, counselors, administrators or their parents. Give examples of cyberbullying and encourage students to report an incident to such individuals.
The importance of self-image cannot be overstated.
With no faces to recognize, digital communication can easily lead to oversharing. Potential employers should familiarize themselves with how to search for individual candidates’ social media profiles on a regular basis to find out how they present themselves online.
Netiquette should be followed.
Netiquette, or online etiquette, is a set of rules for online communities. Displacing one’s attention by using a device during a conversation, writing poorly in online forums, and sending unsolicited emails are some examples of bad webiquette. Netiquette should be explained to students and why it is good or bad.
Cite the original source whenever possible.
While students learn how to cite sources in term papers, they also learn how to respect copyright laws and avoid plagiarism by using online citations.
Ensure that you are ethical, effective, and thoughtful when creating digital content.
Digital tools can be incorporated into classroom assignments by teachers. Students are able to learn to make responsible use of technology under the supervision of a teacher.
Try to think.
TECH SMART can be integrated into teachers’ lesson plans so that students can think about a technology’s purpose in every digital interaction.
People are finding it increasingly difficult to assess the ethical impact of their online behaviors due to the rapid advancement of technology. Students can become ethical citizens in the digital age if they understand ethical issues of technology in classrooms and remember the steps of TECH SMART.
“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons”.
Being a teacher, it is my responsibility to increase my teaching skills by gathering information through online due to easy access of those content as well as huge availability. I have found that several media which are treated a good source of content as well as an important tool to increase the power of digital knowledge and leave footprints over the readers. This concept attracted me to a huge extent to increase my scoop of knowledge. Thus, for me being a teacher, I think that average day of a reader should be like viewing news, surfing some typical informative websites and reading through specific articles as well as blogs.
News websites according to me are considered to be an important tool where I think, I can gather information across the world which further would help me to make my student understand. It is natural for students to ask question to us why, what, how the things are happening in their surroundings. Thus, through news websites, it will help me to remain updated. Often, I found social media sites shares fake news. Thus, it is my responsibility to not get mislead by those misleading information which consequently misinterprets a particular incident. It hampers the advertising process as well as the public relationship with media.
Strategies need to be taken before cultivating news. According to me, there is much fake news available on the news websites and are served in centralized metric forms and valued as strong online content. On daily basis, comes across with several fake news which are too hard to believe.
The article Fighting ‘Fake News’ in the Classroom, by Holly, is also very knowledgeable, as it explains about how new media channel affects people in spreading fake news. As a teacher, I think strategies should be considered like source acknowledgement must be followed before news is regarded as true.
Person who is story reporting and the way of reporting is noticed and developing a critical mindset is necessary to analyse about the trustworthiness of particular news.
Images need to be supervised before considering their face value. There is a certain process through which the information collected must be validated by a literate person and it includes six steps.
First, it needs to identify and then find the source of the information.
Generally, two types of fake news prevail and those are the stories that are absolutely false and another one is stories that are partially true.
Third step of news validation according to me is evaluating the news and then applying that news on website and finally acknowledging it. Looking towards accuracy and fairness can be followed so that use of neutral language, reverse image searching features must be monitored.
Literacy is more or less a way of life, and it’s not just a word. To me, literate means more than simply being able to read and write, but we tend to define it that way in our culture. And, in simple words, digital literacy is the knowledge technology. I went to school again after becoming literate like many others. Today, going to college is regarded as one of the highest educational tiers in America, and being a student is almost a right of passage. In order to become literate and, ultimately, better citizens, many people attend college. A literate person in 2022 is someone who goes beyond reading and writing to understand others. Thus, through our past, present and anticipation of the future, how did we arrive at this place.
As a result, literacy must be molded to the individual it is intended for. Although English class is often labeled as literacy class in some schools, are the teachers teaching what literacy entails? The English department also teaches them how to analyze texts in addition to grammar and linguistics. Children are not taught how to express themselves through reading and writing, or through drawing. While writing, I realize that I’m biased, but that’s okay. The way I have written this essay is shaped by my definition of literacy. In a way, what I am doing is allowing the reader to see my views and form his or her own opinion about the issues I am raising.
The question of assessing literacy has often crossed my mind. Literacy obviously means something different to each of us. It’s understandable if you don’t write with proper grammar. Grammar is somewhat different from language to language, and therefore each language has its own rules. The teacher suggested a different definition of literacy for our project than the one we had written in class. It is the vast number of definitions people have of literacy that makes it so unique. They reveal how the person really sees the world and how they grew up. In books, I see the world from the characters’ point of view. It interests me to learn how other people see the world. I define it differently from you. That’s what literacy is all about, isn’t it? We can interpret, understand, and use it so many ways. Seeing a single act or image described in so many different ways make us unique and enables us to appreciate how much creativity there is in the world.
Physical literacy is a journey by which children and youth, and everyone, develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to gain access to a wide range of activities.
Individuals who are physically literate continually obtain motivation, ability, and expertise toward communicating, applying, and analyzing a wide array of movements. Across a wide range of health-related physical activities, they demonstrate confidence, competence, creativity, and strategic thinking. People with these skills are better able to make choices and decisions that are both beneficial to themselves and to others, as well as to the environment skills.
By teaching media literacy and digital citizenship to our students, rather than avoiding, blocking, or filtering, I am strongly advocating an active role for schools. Mike Ribble’s suggests that teachers must teach students about the rules of the digital world as well, and how to handle technology correctly and responsibly, in the same way they teach students about society.
As I began to reflect, I focused on the three major questions my classmate Leigh raised in last week’s content catalyst.
What are the reasons for teaching digital citizenship?
What are the best times to teach it?
How do we teach it?
What is the point of teaching digital citizenship? My classmates mentioned, that students lack critical thinking and safety skills, as stated by “Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools.” To become good digital citizens, students need to move from being consumers to becoming communicators and collaborators (John K. Waters in the article Turning students into good digital citizens).
Digital citizenship: when should it be taught? I do not think we can teach digital citizenship at an early age to my own children and my students. Technology begins to be used by children at an early age, and parents assume that because they are good at “swiping,” their children are tech savvy, making adults overlook the fact that children are at risk.
Do parents need to teach their children about technology? My students and children deserve a chance to learn how to be responsible digital citizens and how to maintain a positive digital footprint. By teaching Mike Ribble’s nine elements of digital citizenship in the context of real-life scenarios and experiences, students will be better equipped to communicate and collaborate respectfully and meaningfully. Using the 3C and 1Q method, classrooms can share ideas and comments on each other’s work via Skype. That seems like a great idea to me. In an age where information overload is rife, it is crucial our children learn lateral reading so that they can develop critical thinking skills. Finding the article Digital Citizenship: Reflecting on the Role of Technology in the World Around Us online, I was immediately attracted to it for the unique opportunity offered to students to take something said online, or a topic they cared about, and discuss it in a podcast. Matt and Trevor’s article about Finland’s efforts to combat fake news in primary schools illustrates how valuable it is to teach people how to think critically and to evaluate information.
“Students need to be educated on how to be good citizens of their country and what their rights and responsibilities are as members of society. The same issues need to be addressed with regard to the emerging digital society, so that students can learn how to be responsible and productive members of that society” ― Mike Ribble, Digital citizenship in schools
In order to teach digital citizenship, teachers have access to a wide range of resources and information. Does it seem possible that we do not know where to look for these materials? Is it possible that you are unable to find these materials? Do you know what to look for? Apparently, there are some schools that are very serious about teaching digital citizenship. A fellow classmate of mine wrote an article in which she explained how understanding and efficiently using digital tools and resources all come down to prioritizing. She has an excellent idea, just like we do with math and literacy, to make digital citizenship a focus area. Additionally, the optional professional development sessions might need to be made mandatory. Educators can gain a greater understanding of digital citizenship and media literacy by collaborating with tech-savvy co-workers and peer tutors at professional development sessions. They can also use this information to help students develop a more complete picture of who they are as graduates.